The American Littoral Society could use some help finishing the three reefs that were started at Cooks Beach, near Cape May Courthouse, NJ, during the recent Shell-A-Bration event (Map).
Because tides affect when the work can be done, we're looking for help on Tuesday August 27 at 11 a.m. and Wednesday, August 28 at noon. If you'd like to lend a hand, contact Shane Godshall, Delaware Bayshore Habitat Restoration Coordinator, by emailing Shane@littoralsociety.org.
Click link for more information about the project: http://ow.ly/l2v950vHtaW
Representatives from the American Littoral Society stood beside NJ Congressman Frank Pallone on Thursday, Aug. 22, to voice strong support for the Living Shorelines Act of 2019.
During a press conference in Keyport, NJ's Cedar Street Park Beach, which is the site of a living shoreline project, the Society joined other environmental organizations and representatives for coastal communities in asking that US Congress pass the bill, which is critical to help protect our nation’s coasts and estuaries, as well as coastal communities and the economies they support.
H.R. 3115 would provide $50 million in federal funds that would be matched by state and local governments, as well as the NGOs applying for grants and projects. Priority consideration would be given to projects in areas where a federal disaster has been declared in the past 10 years or that have a history of flooding, which includes New Jersey’s coastal towns.
The bill also provides for project monitoring to measure and help determine best practices for future living shoreline projects. It would be administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to assist states, localities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in constructing living shorelines.
Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) will introduce the companion bill in the Senate.
We need your help! We've got a big job lined up for Saturday that is impossible to do alone.
On August 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the American Littoral Society will hold the Fifth Annual Shell-A-Bration at Cooks Beach, near Cape May, NJ (Map). There will be food, fun, and family friendly activities, along our biggest reef-building project yet.
This week 80 pallets of whelk shell arrived and, with the help of Cape May County's generously loaned Mudd-Ox Ultra-Terrain vehicle, those were transported to the reef building site
On Saturday, volunteers and staff will turn those bags of shell into three brand new reefs that will help protect the beach from storms, erosion and rising sea levels (stuff environmentalists refer to as adaptation and resiliency), while also providing habitat (places to live) for fish and other marine creatures.
The Shell-a-Bration will be a picnic-style event, so please bring blankets and chairs. In order to ensure we provide adequate food and drink, we ask that attendees please RSVP.