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Protecting Special Places

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movie screening poster tomsriverJoin the American Littoral Society for a free screening of the documentary Ocean Frontiers II on Monday, May 2 at the Ocean County Library in Toms River, NJ. The film will be followed by a community conversation on regional ocean planning and how we can help sustain the ocean environment, coastal cultures and their tightly intertwined economies in our increasingly busy Mid-Atlantic waters.

Read more: Flm Screening & Community Conversation


The American Littoral Society is pleased to be part of the OceanFirst 20th Anniversary Charity Challenge.

The Challenge starts RIGHT NOW!

A total of $30,000 will be given away to organizations in the challenge. The organization that raises the most will receive a $20,000 grant from the OceanFirst Foundation.

Read more: OceanFirst Charity Challenge

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An appellate court last month effectively negated the state Department of Environmental Protection’s authority over public access to beaches and waterfronts in New Jersey by tossing out the DEP’s existing rules governing that access. Reaction from the environmental community was mixed; some groups dissatisfied with the rules praised the decision while calling for quick action to establish new regulations. Others are fearful of the impact that the DEP’s loss of authority may have on public access and are urging an appeal of the decision.

In a recent interview with The Asbury Park Press, Tim Dillingham, executive director of the American Littoral Society, explained his organization’s views and how environmentalists as a whole are interpreting the court ruling.

"The Littoral Society believes that it is imperative that the Legislature pass a bill that clearly and unequivocally grants DEP the authority to adopt rules that regulate and promote meaningful public access to the waterfront. Without that, it would seem that any rules adopted on an emergency basis or otherwise would be highly susceptible to a jurisdictional challenge. Before the 2012 rules were invalidated, significant provisions of the 2007 rules also were invalidated on jurisdictional grounds. So any new rule, emergency or otherwise, is vulnerable to a challenge without the Legislature granting DEP this authority.

“We have urged the DEP to seek review by the New Jersey Supreme Court because we believe it is essential that in order for the public’s right to access the waterfront to be implemented and protected, the DEP needs to have the power to adopt regulations that provide for and regulate public access."

This content is excerpted from The Asbury Park Press. Read more from the interview by clicking here.

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The American Littoral Society was recognized Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 for its commitment to protecting and enhancing New Jersey’s environment at the 16th annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony.

The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) are the state's premier environmental awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects in the state. The program has recognized 140 winners since 2000.

Read more: Society Honored with Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

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Upcoming Events (Red=NJ; Blue=NY; Green=FL)

Sat May 14 @12:00AM
International Bird Migration Day
Thu May 19 @ 6:00PM - 08:00PM
Ocean Frontiers II: Documentary Film and Panel Events
Fri May 20 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
Horshoe Crab Walk
Sat May 21 @ 5:00PM - 08:00PM
Jamaica Bay Sunset Ecology Cruise
Sun May 22 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Horseshoe Crab Walk
Fri Jun 03 @12:00AM
Montauk Spring Weekend
Sat Jun 04 @12:00AM
Montauk Spring Weekend
Sun Jun 05 @12:00AM
Montauk Spring Weekend
Mon Jun 20 @ 6:00AM - 08:00PM
Summer Solstice Walk
Fri Jun 24 @ 9:30AM -
Pine Barrens Canoe Trip