Yes, the Hackensack River begins its 50 mile journey at the
base of the High Tor cliffs in New City, NY.
Last weekend I spent a lovely afternoon on an EcoCruise
along the Hackensack River with the Hackensack Riverkeeper as our guide. It may
be one of the best kept secrets in the area. With the NYC skyline in view you
can take a serene, scenic and truly informative cruise along the river. There are 125 species of birds to watch in
their natural habitat from Bald Eagles to the Purple Martin. As you wind
through the twists and turns of the Meadowlands you find yourself lost in what
seems to be in a juxtaposed universe. Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a
matrix of highways, overhead flight paths and in view the Manhattan skyscrapers
you find yourself truly engrossed with the beauty of the river itself. The Riverkeeper narrates the cruise and
explains the history, wildlife and the mission of the Riverkeeper as public advocate
for the river.
In 1994, Bill Sheehan, the Hackensack Riverkeeper founded
and became executive director of Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc., founded on one
premise: “Human beings, in fact all living creatures, have an inherent right to
clean water.” The Hackensack River
feeds a series of reservoirs from Lake Deforest to Lake Tappan to Woodcliff
Lake and the Oradell Reservoirs, providing clean drinking water for nearly 1
million people in New York and New Jersey.
Hackensack River Events
For more information: www.hackensackriverkeeper.org