Volunteer Captains attend local meetings and meet once a month over Zoom to discuss what’s going on in towns within the Barnegat Bay watershed. The group empowers citizens to advocate for the Bay on the municipal level and contributes to the cause of Save Barnegat Bay’s boots-on-the-ground mission.

While Captains are welcome to explore whichever meetings most interest them in their towns, they typically attend municipal and county planning board, zoning board, and environmental committee, and green team meetings to stay engaged in local development, environmental issues, and municipal partnerships.

All are welcome to join this group, regardless of past experience with attending local meetings. In 2022, Captains will meet the 4th Tuesday of each month from 4-5 PM. To join the team or for more information, email Avery at [email protected].

Captains please report your notes here.

Starting in 2022, Captains has expanded to include educational programming on a variety of local environmental and municipal issues. Each meeting, a different speaker is invited to host a brief presentation that according to pertinent conversations happening around the watershed or members’ request for certain topics. This has been an opportunity for concerned citizens to access expertise on issues important to them in their local communities that can then inform their participation in municipal meetings. Below, this section will be populated with presentations from past speakers. 

April 2022 Meeting – Speaker: Mark Villinger; Presenting on the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust

June 2022 Meeting – Speaker: Dr. Steve Souza; Presenting on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) 

July 2022 Meeting – Speaker: Jim Webster, ASTRA-NJ; Presenting on Saving Dark Skies

August 2022 Meeting – Virginia Rettig, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge

October 2022 Meeting – Virginia Rettig, NJ Bay Islands Initiative (NJBII)

  • Access the NJ Bay Islands Restoration Planner here

November 2022 Meeting – Lisa Auermuller, Jacque Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR)