Bayonne administration officials have received notice that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) awarded a $900,013 grant to the City of Bayonne for expanded public access to the Newark Bay waterfront. This money is set to include the creation of living shorelines which stabilize the banks of local waterways.

Funding for this grant program comes from a settlement reached between the NJ DEP and Occidental, a successor to various parties responsible for polluting river sediments over the course of decades. 

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis issued the following statement in connection with the attached NJ DEP press release:

“The news of this significant grant awards marks another step in the right direction in our efforts to rebuild, reconstruct, and improve our local infrastructure. I want to extend my sincere thanks to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for giving our plans careful consideration. From roads to recreation, my administration has worked tirelessly to secure grant funds so that the necessary improvements and renovations done within our community are funded creatively, and not solely on the backs of our local taxpayers. As a peninsula, and as the southernmost point in the county, access to the Newark Bay waterfront and waterway is a huge asset. The funds secured in this grant will assist us in stabilizing our shoreline and improving the public’s access to the same.”