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How climate change could sink NJ’s tax base — and not just at the Shore – MICHAEL SOL WARREN, JOHN UPTON | OCTOBER 3, 2022

As flooding associated with rising seas and intensifying rainfall gets worse, a hidden danger lurks, one that threatens to crimp the ability of New Jersey’s coastal towns to fund their essential operations. URL

October 6, 2022

NJ Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture

This website is the result of a multi-agency effort to provide both new and existing shellfish growers with resources on a variety of topics related to commercial shellfish aquaculture in New Jersey all in one place. This includes, but is not limited to: leasing, permitting, and safe harvest and handling practices. Each aquaculture operation in New Jersey is unique and will require different considerations, but the information provided in this website is meant to serve as a resource for general information needed to grow shellfish in the state. URL

August 29, 2022

The State of High Tide Flooding and 2022 Outlook – High Water1

High-tide flooding, often referred to as “king tides,” “nuisance,” or “sunny day” flooding, is becoming increasingly common due to years of sea level rise. High Tide Flooding (HTF) is defined as the overflow or excess accumulation of ocean water at high tide that covers low-lying areas, and typically occurs when tides reach anywhere from 1.75 to 2 feet above the daily average high tide and start spilling onto streets or bubbling up from storm drains. URL

August 20, 2022

NJDOT Mum on Adequacy of New Causeway Storm Water System Questions Remain Unanswered for Nearly Three Months August 17, 2022 By Gina G. Scala – High Water1

Surf City Councilman Peter Hartney is calling out N.J. Department of Transportation officials for failing to address questions about the effectiveness of the new storm water system being built at the entrance to Long Beach Island as part of the final phase of the multi-year, federally funded Causeway expansion and rehabilitation project. URL

August 19, 2022

Building Rules Eyed to Comply With Flood Safety August 17, 2022 By Maria Scandale – High Water1

Barnegat Light Borough Council introduced an ordinance revising “floodplain management regulations” pursuant to state law and federal flood insurance requirements at its monthly meeting Aug. 10. Similar measures have been passed by other Long Beach Island towns. URL

NJDEP Commissioner Delivers Climate Change Adaptation Remarks to Senate, Assembly August 17, 2022 By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch – High Water1

N.J. Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette testified last week before a joint meeting of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee about the importance of coastal resilience. As the commissioner noted, “Climate change is the single greatest threat to our communities, economies and way of life in New Jersey. URL

The Climate Capitalist

Our Mission and Team. “There is no greater imperative driving investment decisions today than climate change,” says Doug McKeige, our Founder and Editor-in-Chief, “The Climate Capitalist aims to arm investors – as well as policy makers and corporate leaders – with informed analysis of the energy and power markets, and target opportunities for enhanced returns.” URL

May 10, 2022

New Jersey Offshore Wind Solicitations 020522, 022622

Very comprehensive starting place. However, some of the information is somewhat dated. Information is categorized: Offshore Wind, Strategic Plan, BOEM, Solicitations, Transmission, Stakeholder Involvement

February 12, 2022

US Army Corps of Engineers USACE New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study 12922

New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management StudyThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced the release of a draft report for the New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study. The report outlines a ‘Tentatively Selected Plan’ framework, which includes three storm surge barriers, two cross-bay barriers, and the elevation of more than 18,000 structures to reduce the risk of flood damages associated with storm surge. It’s important to note that the plan is subject to change. It has not yet been approved by higher authorities, including Congress, and has not been funded for implementation at the federal or state level. URL

January 29, 2022

Impact of Inlet Closures on Surge Response in New Jersey Back Bays Mary A. Cialone, Gregory Slusarczyk 12922

The in-depth study presented in this paper includes numerical modeling and analysis of the effects of storm surge barriers (inlet closures) on water levels in the back bays of New Jersey during storm events. URL

United States Department of Commerce – NOAA Letter of November 10th, 2021 12922

Excerpt from the letter -We recognize that the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (40 CFR 1508.28) and USACE (33 CFR 230.13) regulations allow NEPA studies for large, complex projects such as this one to be carried out in a multi-stage or “tiered” process and that NEPA documents prepared using this approach to describe the project and its impacts at a broader level while taking into account the full range of potential effects to both the human and natural environment. However, significant deficiencies exist in the document and in the coordination process used in its development. URL

Barnegat Bay Partnership letter of October 12, 2021 12922

Excerpt from the letter – We have significant concerns and questions about this report and the project currently proposed as the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP). First, the project does not appear to meet the stated project management framework, resilient community, sustainable landscape, or risk to ecosystem reduction purposes. Second, the project description is both incomplete and inadequate to assess its scope, degree and extent of protection, and its benefits and impacts. URL

United States Department of the interior Letter of October 12th 2021 12922

Excerpt from the letter – The TSP identifies numerous strategies and alternatives throughout the Study Area to reduce coastal storm risk and the effects of SLC. The TSP also identifies numerous impacts to the aquatic environment, including the filling of over 154 acres of wetlands (Draft Integrated Report pp. xv), mud flats, submerged aquatic vegetation, and open waters of the Study Area and the potential for the TSP to impact water quality, tidal flow and regime, sediment transport, and the life stages of a variety of aquatic organisms and other wildlife that utilize the many habitats found in the Study Area. As described in more detail below, these impacts present risks to natural, cultural and recreational resources under the jurisdictional responsibilities of both the NPS and the Service. Both NPS and Service comments also identify significant concerns with the Draft Integrated Report’s data gaps, the Corps’ focus on structural alternatives to the neglect of non-structural alternatives, the lack of Nature URL

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection letter of October 12, 2021 12922

Excerpt from the letter – – A project of this scope and magnitude could have numerous environmental impacts throughout the NJBB region, the nature and extent of which must be identified prior to arriving at a final recommended plan. At this early stage in the planning process, it does not appear that the level of detail contained in the Tier 1 DEIS is sufficient to adequately assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the TSP. URL

United States Environmental Protection Agency letter of October 12, 2021 12922

Closing paragraph – At this stage USACE acknowledges that the TSP could have adverse impacts on aquatic and other resources, though additional studies are necessary to determine precise engineering components and associated impacts. Based on the current level of analysis, the project is expected to directly affect over 153 acres of aquatic habitat. It is anticipated that 170 to 256 acres of mitigation will be required to compensate for project-related impacts to the aquatic environment. URL

1 Sharted Understanding of flooding – 8 Min rlbi1, 030522

Session 1 in a 5 part series. It explains the nature of the flooding that residents and visitors to Long Beach Island are experiencing. URL

November 1, 2021

Home Page New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study Army Corps of Engineers rlbi3


August 31, 2021

New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study Draft Feasibility Study and Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (August 2021) ***note: report and appendices were modified on 23 AUG to adjust pagination, metadata, and formatting***rlbi3

The report outlines a ‘Tentatively Selected Plan’ framework, which includes three storm surge barriers, two cross-bay barriers, and the elevation of more than 18,000 structures to reduce the risk of flood damages associated with storm surge. It’s important to note that the plan is subject to change. It has not yet been approved by higher authorities, including Congress, and has not been funded for implementation at the federal or state level. URL

What happened after a wind farm was built near the lobster capital of Europe 042421

By Clarisa Diaz Things Reporter Published July 1, 2021 Offshore wind is a huge opportunity for the US but the fishing industry is worried about its businesses. Notably, the lobster industry pushed for the moratorium on wind farms near Maine’s coast that advanced through the local state legislature yesterday. URL

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July 5, 2021

Oyster Farmers Who Feared Going Broke Brace for a ‘Bonkers’ Summer

“When restaurants closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the nationwide market for oysters cratered. That’s not the end of the story” This Article has a number of valuable links. URL

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June 13, 2021

Long Beach Island Coastal Storm Risk Management Project – 020621

The New Jersey Atlantic Ocean coastline extends from Sandy Hook to Cape May, New Jersey, covering a range of approximately 130 miles.  Ten federally authorized coastal storm risk management projects have been constructed along the Philadelphia District’s New Jersey coastline This site provides links to all the projects

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May 29, 2021

Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Development: Values and Implications for Recreation and Tourism – 042421, 020522

This report documents an effort to estimate the potential effect of offshore wind power on recreational beach use on the East Coast of the United States. This project was funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which considers such effects when evaluating project approvals, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has an interest in coastal and ocean resource use in the United States. URL

April 28, 2021

New Jersey Offshore Wind Solicitation #2 – 042421

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“BPU” or “Board”) is soliciting Applications to secure Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificates (“ORECs”) targeting 1,200 MW to 2,400 MW of offshore wind capacity. The Board seeks to promote robust competition in this solicitation and future solicitations to support the continued development of the offshore wind industry in New Jersey. The BPU approved the solicitation on September 9, 2020. Click here to read the Board Order. The solicitation is driven by Executive Order Number 8, signed by Governor Philip D. Murphy on January 31, 2018, and Executive Order Number 92, signed by Governor Murphy on November 19, 2019. On February 28, 2020, Governor Murphy announced the offshore wind solicitation schedule to meet the 7,500 MW goal by 2035 that is set forth in Executive Order Number 92. Bidders are to use this website to access information about the solicitation, including the controlling documents, and ask questions of the BPU related to the solicitation, the answers to which will be posted to the Q&A page. URL

April 22, 2021

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New Jersey Back Bays (NJBB) Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Interim Feasibility Study and Environmental Scoping Document – 04242, 020621, rlbi3

March 2019 – This presents a preliminary focused array of alternative plans that reduces risk to human life and flooding risk from coastal storms in the NJBB Region. URL

ROSA Research and Monitoring Recommendations – Wind Projects – 042421, 020522, 022622

ROSA has created this page to provide those involved with the alliance with resources that may be relevant to exploring the interactions between offshore wind and fisheries. URL

April 17, 2021


We are a broad membership-based coalition of fishing industry associations and fishing companies committed to improving the compatibility of new offshore development with their businesses. URL

The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) – 042421, 020522, 022622

The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA), founded in 2019, is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance regional research and monitoring of fisheries and offshore wind interactions through collaboration and cooperation. ROSA’s objective is to be a trusted resource that enables scientific research, increases efficiency, deepens understanding, and facilitates collaboration. URL

FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Jumpstarts Offshore Wind Energy Projects to Create Jobs – 042421

MARCH 29, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Interior, Energy, Commerce, and Transportation Departments Announce New Leasing, Funding, and Development Goals to Accelerate and Deploy Offshore Wind Energy and Jobs URL

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April 12, 2021

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind – Home Page 042421, 020522, 021922

Site provides a great deal of well organized general knowledge and insight into the Atlantic Shores project east of Long Beach Island. Information is provides in categories that include Mariners and then a resources section: FAQ, Wind Energy Virtual Lesson, Wind Facts URL

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March 3, 2021

US Can Build Largest Wind Industry in the World

Blog post by Lara Skinner entitled The U.S. Can Build the Largest Offshore Wind Industry in the World with a Commitment to Ambitious Climate Action, Racial Justice, and Good Jobs URL

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February 14, 2021

NJ steelworkers and Wind turbines

Opinion piece about the fit between NJ steelworkers and the crafting of wind turbines for offshore wind farms. URL

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Offshore wind farm increased tourism

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island who analyzed AirBnB rental data before and after construction of the Block Island Wind Farm have found that, contrary to some concerns, the turbines have increased tourism on the island. URL


January 20, 2021

Beachgoers Indifferent to Wind Farms

A new study of beachgoers’ attitudes about having to look at offshore wind turbines from the sand found that most are indifferent to the installations at distances greater than five miles. URL


Florida Closes Apalachicola Bay Until 2025 to Conserve Oysters

Because of a dwindling oyster population, a Florida agency voted unanimously Wednesday to shut down oyster harvesting in Apalachicola Bay through the end of 2025, dealing a blow to an area that historically produced 90% of the state’s oysters and 10% of the nation’s. URL

December 17, 2020

New Jersey Organizing Project

New Jersey Organizing Project is a grassroots organization made up of people like you – we stand up for New Jersey’s Shore regions and South Jersey. We connect and train community members to participate in the decision-making processes that affect their daily lives. This is a Center of information with many useful links URL

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October 29, 2020

Stevens Flood Advisory System – 020621 rlbi1

This is a comprehensive flood projection the is based on wind, current, and tide. The tool provides forecasts on many locations. This link is for what they call the East Thorofare at Ship Bottom NJ but you can select others. Rick


October 13, 2019


Navigation and Nature: Philaelphia District took action to restore navigation after Sandy, but also looked for opportunities to assist with shoreline & ecosystem recovery and build coastal system resilience with clean dredged sediment Monica Chasten, Project Manager, Operations Division U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Philadelphia District

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October 9, 2019

Flooding is expected to become more frequent along the barrier island – rlbi1, High Water

September of 2019 – Deals with flooding on Long Beach Island – Amanda Oglesby, Asbury Park Press USA TODAY NETWORK – NEW JERSEY

September 14, 2019

Fish For Tomorrow

Commercial fishermen and research scientists working together to ensure sustainable fisheries. ‘The Miracle at Sea’ is an example of the resurgence of the scallop industry. Scientists discuss steps taken to increase the yield of scallop beds. The following is an excerpt from the 60 minute documentary “Fish for Tomorrow.” Rick

August 31, 2019

Shellfish Water Classification Chart – New Jersey DEP Bureau of Shellfisheries

The Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring classifies shellfish growing waters in order to protect the public from health risks associated with the consumption of shellfish. 

The North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) – Army Corps of Engineers – US ACE rlbi3

THE GOALS OF THE NACCS ARE TO: Provide a risk management framework, consistent with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/USACE Infrastructure Systems Rebuilding Principles; and Support resilient coastal communities and robust, sustainable coastal landscape systems, considering future sea level and climate change scenarios, to manage risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure.


Report on coastal storm and flood risk in the North Atlantic region of the United States

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today released to the public a report detailing the results of a two-year study to address coastal storm and flood risk to vulnerable populations, property, ecosystems, and infrastructure in the North Atlantic region of the United States affected by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012.


Land Use and Planning in the Barnegat Bay Watershed

Land use by humans is a primary cause of ecological change at many scales. Ecological changes in the estuary appear to be closely coupled to temporal changes in land use within the watershed.

Nature Conservancy Shoreline Projects

Contains a map that currently has 209 restoration sites that have been submitted to the database. The sites can be accessed either by pressing on a location or by scrolling through the project list. Each location includes a summary, photos and details such as techniques used, data collected, habitats, species and project objectives. There is also an option to filter your search.

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