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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***


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 […]

August 31, 2021


In a Summer of Deadly Deluges, New Research Shows How Global Warming Fuels Flooding


In a Summer of Deadly Deluges, New Research Shows How Global Warming Fuels Flooding New attribution research shows that climate change primed the pump and increased the odds of deadly July floods in northwestern Europe.

August 25, 2021


Inside Clean Energy: Three Charts that Show the Energy Transition in 50 States


The Energy Information Administration reported last week that, for the first time ever, the United States generated more electricity from renewable sources in 2020 than from coal.


Conservation by Design 2.0 Guidance Document


The Nature Conservancy: https://www.nature.org/en-us/ This version of Conservation by Design, CbD 2.0, is centered on four key advances: 1) explicit consideration of linkages between people and nature, 2) design interventions focused on creating systemic change, 3) integration of spatial planning with the development of new conservation strategies, and 4) robustly drawing upon and building the […]

April 28, 2021


Project WET – Water Education Today


Advancing water education to understand global challenges and inspire local solutions. We envision a world in which action-oriented education enables everyone to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. RCTB Comment – wonderful teaching aids.

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March 23, 2021


Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediment To Restore Mordecai Island


The term “Beneficial Use” describes an alternative practice in which dredged sediments are used to support creation or enhancement of coastal habitats like beaches and estuarine wetlands, or in this case, coastal islands. This brief article explains the problem, the work, and the significance.

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March 3, 2021


“Ask a Barnegat Bay Scientist” Summer 2020 Webinars


Found at the Barnegat Bay Partnership website – Very useful series includes: Don’t Harass the Seagrass! Tuckerton Oyster Reef Fisheries in Barnegat Bay: Overview of the Biology, Assessment, and Management The Turtle Truth About Barnegat Bay’s Diamondback Terrapins

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February 25, 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

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February 14, 2021


Pinelands Preservation Alliance


Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Pinelands Adventures, and Rancocas Creek Farm are dedicated to furthering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in their staff and their work. We want everyone to enjoy the benefits the Pinelands provides through low-impact nature recreation, clean air and water, and its unique scenic beauty.

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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


Monmouth University – The Urban Coast Institute


Monmouth University – The Urban Coast Institute is a leader in the fields of ocean planning and coastal law and policy. We are committed to supporting the implementation of coastal and ocean management actions and policies based on the best available science at the local, state and regional levels.

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On New Jersey’s barrier islands, a needed focus on saving bayside seashores


NJ Spotlight News Article – A healthy oceanfront provides little solace for the bay sides of New Jersey’s barrier islands, where land elevation is lowest and most homes run to the water’s edge, protected from inundation by nothing more than bulkheads whose heights are becoming less effective with each centimeter of sea-level rise. Ask any local […]

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December 30, 2020


Final ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT NATIONAL REGIONAL SEDIMENT MANAGEMENT (RSM) PROGRAM WRDA 2016 SECTION 1122 BENEFICIAL USE PILOT PROJECT Barnegat Inlet, Ocean County, New Jersey – Beach Replenishment


The purpose of the pilot project is to maintain the Barnegat inlet Federal navigation channel while using the dredged material beneficially through strategic placement in the nearshore zone fronting the Atlantic Ocean beach of the northern portion of Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

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December 26, 2020


Oyster buyback program revitalizes growers, rebuilds reefs


ANDREW S. LEWIS | DECEMBER 24, 2020 | ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT – NJ Spotlight News Once oysters are purchased from growers along the East Coast, they’re used to ‘reseed’ damaged and dying reefs in New Jersey waters and elsewhere

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December 24, 2020


A Practical Manual for Remote Setting in Virginia – 2009 funded by the Virginia Fishery Resource Grant Program. Oyster set


Reclam the Bay uses this as the guide to its Remote Set Program. For Oyster and living shoreline restoration. It will be helpful for people wishing to understand how to grow spat on a substrate that can be used in an oyster reef or to use oysters as part of a living shoreline

November 4, 2020


The Marine Mammal Stranding Center


Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release, Preserve The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is dedicated to responding to marine mammals and sea turtles in distress along all of New Jersey’s waterways and to the rehabilitation of these animals for release back into the wild. In situations where animals may not be released, every effort is made to secure a […]

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October 30, 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

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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

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En-Roads By Climate Interactive- 042421


En-ROADS is a transparent, freely-available policy simulation model that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore, for themselves, the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties, with the goal of improving their understanding. This is a Center of information with many useful […]

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October 21, 2020



The Climate and Flood Resilience Program


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

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Climate Interactive


Gate way to very useful interactive tools. Climate Interactive is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank that grew out of MIT Sloan in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Based on a long tradition of system dynamics modeling, our simulations and insights help people see connections, play out scenarios, and see what works to address climate change, inequity, and related […]

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October 17, 2020


Climate Change 101 for New Jersey


The NJ Climate Change Resource centerClimate Change 101An Introduction to Climate Change in NJ. This provides links to 6 well written papers CLIMATE CHANGE IN NEW JERSEY: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION CLIMATE CHANGE IN NEW JERSEY: IMPACTS AND RESPONSES SEA LEVEL RISE IN NEW JERSEY: PROJECTIONS AND IMPACTS CLIMATE CHANGE, HEALTH, AND EQUITY IN NEW JERSEY […]

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October 9, 2020


Sea Level Rise In New Jersey


Presented in the summer of 2020 – A “must” starting place on the topic that includes the problem, the reason, and what can and is being done – Dr. Robert Kopp, Director of the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, shares the latest information on sea level rise (SLR), changing coastal storms, and […]

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October 7, 2020


The New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center


This is a great starting point to understand the things going on the state of NJ. The New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center was established by statute in January 2020 to “create and support the use of impartial and actionable science to advance government, public, private, and nongovernmental sector efforts to adapt to, and mitigate, […]

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Barnegat Bay Species Database – Field guide


Great online “Field Guide.” Maintained by The Barnegat Bay Partnership 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 water quality and natural resources of the Barnegat Bay and its watershed. Homepage

September 30, 2020


People and clams have a more complex history than you might think


The relationship between clams and humans is deeper than just chowder. We’ve been interacting with the bivalves for thousands of years, according to a new study, and the animals have actually thrived under human management.

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June 30, 2020


Save Barnegat Bay


Save Barnegat Bay was founded in 1971 with the mission to restore and protect the Barnegat Bay and its ecosystem. We advance our mission by being a strong and independent voice for the Bay throughout the watershed, including all of Ocean and part of Monmouth Counties.

June 17, 2020


What Do You Think of BIG Oysters?


Advisory. This link may not work on all computers This article is not about the Barnegat Bay Watershed but it puts a very interesting “spin” on big oysters, wherever you get them. Oh, and it tells why some real science indicates that oysters, large of small, are really good for you.

May 23, 2020


Planning Living Shorelines Projects in New Jersey


This guide provides information and resources on the key steps in identifying, planning, and implementing living shorelines in your community.

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May 22, 2020


Tide Chart for Manahawkin Bridge


NOAA tide charts. To review a different location select “NOAA Tide Predictions” and then select “NewJersey” or other state, and then select the location of interest. Rick

May 14, 2020


Tide Chart for Seaside Park


NOAA tide charts. To review a different location select “NOAA Tide Predictions” and then select “NewJersey” or other state, and then select the location of interest. Rick


Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal


Extremely useful – A series of interactive maps published on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal illustrates the shifts that have taken place over the last five decades by several commercially and recreationally important fish species living along the East Coast.

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April 21, 2020


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


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


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


The Wetlands Institute


Mission Statement: – To promote appreciation, understanding & stewardship of wetlands and coastal ecosystems through our programs in research, conservation, and education. Goals – Teach people of all ages the value of wetlands and coastal ecosystems for the survival of life on earth Conduct cutting-edge research regarding wetlands and coastal ecosystems Encourage stewardship of these […]

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October 9, 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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Flooding is expected to become more frequent along the barrier island


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


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


Flood Mapper


As part of Rutgers’ dedication to providing up to date and accessible climate science, the NJAdapt.org platform has been updated with a new version of the NJFloodMapper.


NJ Proposed Energy Master Plan – Draft June 2019


Draft of the proposed Energy Master Plan for New Jersey Governor Murphy, through Executive Order 28, has directed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to draft the 2019 Energy Master Plan. The EMP Committee conducted a robust stakeholder process in September and October 2018 with seven public hearings to gather information in key areas. […]

September 4, 2019


Empower NJ Fighting Climate Change in NJ


Empower NJ is a growing coalition of more than 50 environmental and grassroots groups, formed to advocate for an immediate moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects. This is their report supporting a moratorium on fossil fuels.

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September 3, 2019


American Littoral Society – Protecting the Coast through Education, Conservation and Advocacy


When we restore habitat, our objective is not only to restore a dune or rebuild an oyster reef, but also to motivate people to invest “sweat equity” into a piece of the coast, take ownership and become committed stewards. When we educate, we don’t merely provide books, CDs, or handouts. We lead students young and […]

September 1, 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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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


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


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


NJ DEP – Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) – Proposal Submissions


Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) – Proposal Submissions The NJDEP is now accepting shovel ready projects from outside organizations (i.e. municipalities, municipal committees, counties, non-profit organizations, agencies, clubs and organizations) to be funded by SEP monies.

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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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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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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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Nature Based Solutions


  The purpose of this guide is to help communities utilize the right RFP language that will increase the quality and variety of the resulting proposals in favor of those that use nature-based or other innovative solutions that increase resiliency and provide additional public benefits related to managing flood and stormwater hazards. William

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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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