Jenna Valente, Healthy Oceans Coordinator for the American Littoral Society, is bringing a Sea Change to podcasting.
The Sea Change Podcast kicks off today, Thursday, Oct. 18, on the American Shoreline Podcast Network, which also hosts shows such as The Next Shoreline and The Beach Shack Trailer.
The Sea Change Podcast will offer insight into the powerful world of coastal non-governmental organizations and coastal advocacy. Jenna is a coastal advocate and a conservationist who previously worked for the Chesapeake Research Consortium, where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensuring the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Coastal communities support regional ocean planning, ban balloon releases, and oppose offshore oil and gas activities
The City of Asbury Park became the sixth New Jersey municipality to be recognized as a Champion of the Coast by the American Littoral Society. The recognition follows Asbury Park's September 26 adoption of an ordinance banning intentional balloon releases, marking the third action in a series required by the Society to achieve Champion of the Coast status.
The Littoral Society, a coastal conservation nonprofit organization, developed the Champions of the Coast initiative early this year and is seeing rapid growth in participation from communities seeking to ensure a clean and healthy ocean and coastline into the future.
"As a shore community we have a significant responsibility to provide leadership that will protect our coastal economy and a healthy ocean," said Asbury Park Mayor John Moor. "These collective Champion of the Coast actions help us fulfill that responsibility."
Work is underway on the permanent living shoreline at the Slade Dale Nature Sanctuary in Point Pleasant, NJ.
Phase one of the living shoreline project began with American Littoral Society contractor, Atlantic Dock and Bulkhead, installing wooden pilings that will serve as the foundation for the structure designed to eliminate erosion and restore lost land.
"We're excited to be taking the next step in our work in this area," said Capt. Al Modjeski, Habitat Restoration Director for the Littoral Society. "This is a great opportunity to show how living shorelines can provide a low-cost, natural solution to a long-term problem."
On October 20th the American Littoral Society is hosting Oh, Oysters! A Celebration of Re-Oystering New Jersey’s Waters to raise funds for coastal conservation and bring awareness to the plight of the once prolific Eastern Oyster.
The event will include a reception prior to a screening of "The Oyster Farmers" film,,as well as a panel discussion with the featured farmers, Society staff, and other experts.
What: Oh, Oysters! A Celebration of Re-Oystering New Jersey's Waters
When: Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: House of Independents, 572 Cookman Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Why: To raise funds for coastal conservation and bring awareness
to the plight of the once prolific Eastern Oyster
The New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed, with modification, the approval of a Green Acres land swap in I/M/O Seaside Heights Borough Public Beach. Litwin & Provence LLC and Eastern Environmental Law Center represented the American Littoral Society and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, who appealed the June 2016 New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and NJ State House Commission (SHC) Green Acres disposal approval. The approval allowed for the unprecedented transfer of 1.37 acres of municipally-owned beach to a private developer in exchange for a wooden carousel built in the 1890s, a smaller “boardwalk facing” land (but not beach front), and a 67-acre wetland parcel in Toms River. Following the swap, the private developer built a private amusement pier on the beachfront parcel. Monday’s decision modified the challenged approval, but ultimately affirmed the disposal of the public beach.
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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