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NJ to Fund Water Quality Improvement Projects June 08, 2022 By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch High Water, Funding


New Jersey recently took a significant step forward with the Department of Environmental Protection’s release of final “Intended Use Plans,” which include billions of dollars of requests for water-quality improvement and public-health protection projects. The potential projects include a range of upgrades to drinking water, storm water and waste water treatment systems. URLhttps://www.thesandpaper.net/articles/nj-to-fund-water-quality-improvement-projects/

August 19, 2022


DEP Seeks Applications for $10 Million in Stormwater Grants High Water1, Funding


As part of its efforts to improve water quality and mitigate the worsening impacts of flooding caused by climate change, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection is seeking applications for $10 million in grants to modernize stormwater management systems and to provide technical assistance to municipal, county and utility authorities for resilience planning. URLhttps://www.thesandpaper.net/articles/dep-seeks-applications-for-10-million-in-stormwater-grants/


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. URLhttps://www.thesandpaper.net/articles/njdot-mum-on-adequacy-of-new-causeway-storm-water-system/


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. URLhttps://www.thesandpaper.net/articles/building-rules-eyed-to-comply-with-flood-safety/


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 […]



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. URLhttps://reclamthebay.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/1NJBB_Main_Report_Interim.pdf

April 22, 2021


Mid-Atlantic Residents See Ocean Health as Major Economic Issue


Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 – Monmouth University – Want More Government Action on Environment, Climate Change Protection WEST LONG BRANCH – Eight in 10 residents of Mid-Atlantic states believe the ocean and beaches are important to their economies, including 95% of those living in coastal communities. Report contains much more.

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December 31, 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 URLhttps://newjerseyop.org/

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October 29, 2020


NY/NJ Baykeeper


NY/NJ Baykeeper is the citizen guardian of the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. Since 1989, we’ve worked to protect, preserve and restore the ecological integrity and productivity of the waterways and habitats in the most urban estuary on Earth URLhttps://www.nynjbaykeeper.org/

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Beach Replenishment In Harvy Cedars on Long Beach Island – LBI


Lots of information about the impact of ocean beach replenishment and impact on surfing. Written by Jon Coen, a surfer himself URLhttps://www.thesandpaper.net/pageview/viewer/2020-10-14#page=55

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Climate Change NJ rlbi2, 021222


This is a very valuable starting point. New Jersey is working to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Information Center URLhttps://www.nj.gov/dep/climatechange/index.html

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October 20, 2020


The Climate and Flood Resilience Program rlbi2, 030522


The Program consists of four organizational areas: Division of Coastal Engineering Division of Dam Safety and Flood Engineering Division of Program Operations Bureau of Climate Resilience Design Engineering Bureau of Climate Resilience Planning URLhttps://www.nj.gov/dep/cfr/

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Engineering With Nature


EWN Initiative Engineering With Nature is the intentional alignment of natural and engineering processes to efficiently and sustainably deliver economic, environmental, and social benefits through collaborative processes.this provides links to an Atlas of Projectshttps://ewn.el.erdc.dren.mil/atlas.html Army Corps of Engineers US ACE Rick

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November 27, 2019


National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System – CRS


The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements.

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October 28, 2019


The New York – New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP)


The New York – New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) brings the benefits of the Clean Water Act to the people who live, work, and recreate on our shared waterways. HEP decisions and activities are carried out by staff and partners organized through the committees and work groups.

October 16, 2019


New Jersey Pinelands Commission


The New Jersey Pinelands Commission is an independent state agency whose mission is to “preserve, protect, and enhance the natural and cultural resources of the Pinelands National Reserve, and to encourage compatible economic and other human activities consistent with that purpose.”


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

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October 13, 2019


ENGINEERING WITH NATURE TO SUPPORT SYSTEM RESILIENCE: EXAMPLES OF INNOVATIVE CHANNEL DREDGING AND PLACEMENT IN COASTAL NEW JERSEY


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


Mordecai Land Trust 030522


A community-based organization Is using a living shoreline to preserve Mordecai Island as a habitat for breeding and migratory species of indigenous birds and fish and to protect large portions of Beach Haven from flooding. Rick

September 13, 2019


NJ DEP Barnegat Bay, Phase Two: Moving Science into Action – Text and Video


The NJDEP Office of Science working with the Science Advisory Board, state universities, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Barnegat Bay Partnership developed and is funding additional research projects to address data gaps. The research agenda that has emerged will help address how we improve water quality and advance habitat […]

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September 1, 2019


Clean Ocean Action – 042421


Clean Ocean Action is a leading national and regional voice working to protect waterways using science, law, research, education, and citizen action. Rick

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August 31, 2019


Conserve Wildlife of NJ 030522


Conserve Wildlife of New Jersey has a rich biodiversity that belies its small size and urban reputation. In every corner of our state, species of wildlife, considered rare and imperiled enough to be protected by state or federal law, are woven in to the tapestry of life in our state. It is our duty, and […]

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Barnegat Bay Partnership 030522


The Barnegat Bay Partnership (formerly the Barnegat Bay National Estuary Program) is a partnership of federal, state, municipal, academic, business, and private organizations that work together with the communities of the Barnegat Bay watershed to help restore, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Barnegat Bay ecosystem. Rick

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August 30, 2019



Jersey-Friendly Yards – Landscaping for a Healthy Environment


Native plants help conserve and filter water, provide habitat for native wildlife, protect soil resources, and reduce the costs and environmental impacts associated with fertilizers and pesticides.

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New Jersey Invasive Species Council


To address growing concerns about invasive species, state officials convened the New Jersey Invasive Species Council to coordinate and guide invasive species activities throughout New Jersey and to act as a liaison for regional and national cooperative efforts.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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LEARN ABOUT LIVING SHORELINES


Learn about living shorelines – what they are, how they are designed and built, and how they serve our coastal habitats and communities. Whether you are a property owner looking for alternatives to mitigate erosion on your shoreline property, or a contractor or a policy maker looking to gain more in depth knowledge about the […]

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Getting to Resilience 030522, 031922


ENABLING COMMUNITIES TO BE PREPARED AND MORE RESILIENT. This provided a starting point leading to the Resilient LBI Program. http://www.prepareyourcommunitynj.org/ This online self assessment process is a tool to assist communities to reduce vulnerability and increase preparedness by linking planning, mitigation, and adaptation. Through this assessment you will find out how your preparedness can be […]

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August 24, 2019





Living Shorelines And Resiliency Planning


Coastal Resilience.org is a decision support tool that incorporates the best available science and local data to enable communities and conservation practitioners to identify nature-based solutions for enhancing resilience and reducing risk where possible. For additional project information, visit the New Jersey home page.

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Ecological Solutions to Coastal Communities


This report advances practices designed to help coastal communities become safer and more sustainable using nature based solutions that work with, rather than against, nature.  William

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