Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto joined Christopher P. Merkel, Public Health Officer/Coordinator and NY/NJ Baykeeper Greg Remaud to kickoff the Monmouth County boating season aboard The Royal Flush, the County Health Department owned and maintained pump boat that is operated by the Baykeeper.
The Royal Flush operates Fridays and Saturdays from May 18 to September 29, 2018, weather permitting. Approximate hours of operation are 8am to 4pm. Service is available in the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers. The service is free of charge to recreational boaters and can be arranged by calling 732-890-6142 or by radio on VHF Chanel 9.
The service is for boats only and not area high school tracks.
The oil slick in Sandy Hook Bay that was reported to be two miles long by 900 feet wide on Thursday afternoon was observed to be one mile long by 150 wide at 10AM this morning, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons during a phone interview with MMM.
Iannazzo-Simmons said a unified command consisting of personnel from the Coast Guard, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NOAA and the National Park Service were still working to identify the both the source and product of the sheen. The color of the sheen changed from a rainbow to a “silverish” metallic color. Last evening it was reported that authorities believed the product to be diesel fuel. Today, they are taking samples to determine what it is.
20 feet of boom was installed at Horseshoe Cove yesterday as a precaution to protect the environmentally sensitive area. Today 70 feet of “hard boom” was installed to shore up the precautionary protection. Horseshoe Cove was deemed to be the only environmentally sensitive area that could be impacted by the sheen.
The sheen remains located at the northern end of Sandy Hook on the bay side.
A two mile long by 400 foot wide oil slick is washing up on the bay side of Sandy Hook, according to a report by WNBC 4-NY.
The slick was first witnessed by security personnel at the Earle Naval Weapons Station, according to the the report. The U.S. Coast Guard and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection are investigating.