#ThrowBackThursday: This September marks the 20 year end of Ocean Dumping off the #coast of #NewJersey! After a century of #OceanDumping, Clean Ocean Action's coalition of more than 100 groups against ocean dumping began to see movement from the government to close the 8 dump sites in the 1980s. Stay tuned throughout September and October we highlight one of the 8 dumpsites and the story of its closing each week and then join us on December 2nd as we celebrate this great milestone at our annual party!
Sewage Sludge Dump Site: New Jersey with the help of Governor Florio, presided over the end of the ocean sludge dumping on March 17, 1991. However, it was not until June 30, 1992 that New York City, which dumped over six million tons annually, ended sludge dumping. Pictured here is Derrickson W. Bennett, then executive director of the American Littoral Society, talking to a group of reporters at the Belford Seafood Cooperative on Wednesday, May 2nd, 1984 in Middletown, NJ. "Commercial #fishermen gathered on the docks in Belford yesterday in an attempt to show that #OceanDumping is destroying the New York/New Jersey Fishing industry." #tbt #cleanocean #sewagesludge #woodburning #acidwaters #dumpsite #oceandumping #cleanocean #protectwaves #protectwhatyoulove