Editor’s Note: In June 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13840 Ocean Policy To Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States. This executive order formally revokes Executive Order 13547 Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, issued in July 2010 by former U.S. President Barack Obama. MEAM interviewed Sarah Winter Whelan, director of the American Littoral Society's Ocean Policy Program and Healthy Oceans Coalition, about what these changes mean for ocean planning in the U.S., including existing regional ocean plans.
MEAM: This new ocean policy will likely lead to big changes in how the U.S. federal government participates in regional ocean planning. What are your thoughts on what this means for the existing Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regional ocean plans?
Jennifer Crow, a science teacher at Rumson's Forrestdale School, receives her 2018 Coastal Conservation Award from Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society.
In August the American Littoral Society will recognize two supporters for their outstanding contributions to coastal conservation.
Jennifer Crow, a teacher at Rumson School District's Forrestdale School, and Mayor Gary Engelstad of Bradley Beach, will join Chris Cole, a partner at Metrovation, and Greg Quirk, who is retiring from the American Littoral Society Board of Trustees, as recipient of 2018 Coastal Conservation Awards.
"The Littoral Society is honored to have supporters such as these," said Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society. "Their efforts not only help us continue our work protecting and preserving the coast, but provide an outstanding example for others."
Recent rains provided enough moisture to gauge the functionality of the rain garden constructed by the American Littoral Society at Cumberland Insurance on Shiloh Pike in Bridgeton, NJ.
The result? Exactly as intended, with stormwater from the site collecting in the new garden and eventually seeping into the ground.
The 4,000 square foot rain garden is part of a two-phase projectand addresses water runoff from the company's parking area. The project builds upon work begun in 2014 with the creation of a 7.5 acre grassland along Barrett’s Run, a tributary of the Cohansey River, that runs through Hopewell Township, Cumberland County.
In response to the recent executive order that repealed National Ocean Policy, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) announced that it would continue to offer leadership and counsel on ocean planning.
“Since 2009, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) has worked, as a Regional Ocean Partnership, across the five states of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York to enhance the vitality of the region’s ocean ecosystem and economy,” said Elizabeth Semple, Chair of MARCO. “MARCO is ready and willing to keep moving ahead as the Mid-Atlantic’s State-led Regional Ocean Partnership to coordinate and collaborate on issues of shared regional concern."
The American Littoral Society applauds the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean’s decision to step into the leadership role on ocean and coastal governance, especially given the federal government’s abdication of their responsibilities through President Trump’s recent Executive Order.
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