Hackensack Riverkeeper

The Hackensack River is a 45 mile long river that rises in Rockland County by West Haverstraw and flows into the Deforest Lake reservoir. The river then flows into the Lake Tappan Reservoir (Old Tappan), runs through Harrington Park and into the Oradell Reservoir and eventually empties into Newark Bay.

The mission of the Hackensack Riverkeeper is to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River watershed.

It is estimated that ~80% of marine debris originates on land. The Riverkeeper’s Clean Streets = Clean Water campaign is focused on stopping pollution from entering waterways and they also encourage the people of this watershed to take responsibility for it. Throughout the year, the community is invited to take part in River Cleanups in various locations in the watershed. Volunteers work on foot to clear trash and other debris from the banks of the river as well as pull trash out of the river from canoes (provided by HR). The schedule of cleanups for 2011 and information as to how to volunteer for this can be found on their website (http://www.hackensackriverkeeper.org).


The closest cleanup to HP this season will be on:

Saturday, August 13, 9 am – Noon, Lake Tappan, Old Tappan

(This cleanup is one week before an open paddling day at the reservoir)


On Sat August 20th the Hackensack Riverkeeper and United Water are partnering to bring the community a open day of paddling on Lake Tappan (Rain date 21st). Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent one from HR. Plan to picnic and relax on the shores of the reservoir, in the warm summer sun.

Please email info@hackensackriverkeeper.org for more information.

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