Great Turnout for Technology Transfer Workshop on Living Shorelines with RAE
On October 19 and 20, the Littoral Society collaborated with Restore America’s Estuaries, the Chesapeake Bay and New Jersey field offices of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection for Service for the fifth Living Shorelines and Nature-Based Methods Tech Transfer Workshop.
Held in Cape May, NJ, at the Grand Hotel, it was a hybrid event with both in person and virtual attendance. More than 380 people attended, including representatives from Korea, Ghana and Europe.
This Year's workshop included field trips to local restoration projects, talks by local and national experts, as well as a chance to gather and share knowledge and experiences with peers. This workshop was geared for landowners and professionals, along with anyone working in the marketing, design, construction, or permitting of living shorelines and nature-based shoreline stabilization.
The Society co-hosted and played a major role. Littoral Society Executive Director Tim Dillingham gave opening remarks, while Capt. Al Modjeski and the Habitat Restoration Program team made presentations at breakout sessions and led a popular field trip to our restoration projects on the Delaware Bay.
Our work and partnerships with the USFWS and others were repeatedly recognized and highlighted.
Dredging for Oyster Port Benefits Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird habitats
A pioneering collaboration is underway along the Delaware Bayshore between the State of New Jersey and the Littoral Society.
The State is dredging Nantuxent Creek, which is the entrance for most of the Delaware Bay oyster fleet. The Society is using the sandy material taken from the channel to restore horseshoe crab beaches and shorebird foraging areas.
We are working to build this type of beneficial reuse of dredged materials into a long lasting relationship and establish coastal policy
Read more at The Daily Journal
Society Raises Concerns on Back Bay Flood Control Structures
The Society worked with other members of the NJ Climate Change Alliance to submit comments raising concerns and objections to a proposal to build extensive structural flood barriers along the Atlantic coast and across NJ’s back bays.
Read more at NBC New York
Society urges review of public access for towns receiving new federal beach nourishment funding
As the federal and state governments prepare to spend additional millions on beach nourishment in towns which have a history of blocking public access to taxpayer-funded restored beaches, the Littoral Society has called for rigorous review of how access is (or is not) being provided.
Read more at US News