March 7, 2013

Engineered Beaches vs Dunes

Driftwood Beach Club in Sea Bright, NJ Post Sandy 11/12

Sea Bright, the Most Engineered Beaches in NJ

The Star Ledger video below is the best thing we’ve found on Hurricane Sandy and the response to Sandy.  Many important and knowledgeable people are overstating the efficacy of engineered beaches.  The federally engineered beaches of Monmouth County were built by the Army Corps but without dunes, and they failed miserably during Sandy.  More on that in the Asbury Park Press Op-Ed here.

Here’s the video:

Sure, where the Army Corps built dunes AND a beach there was less damage from wave attack for the first few rows of houses near the ocean.  But the closest Army Corps built dunes to where we sit in Monmouth County are in Harvey Cedars, NJ on Long Beach Island.  And plenty of homes on LBI flooded from the bayside.



August 14, 2012

N.J. legislators listen to ideas on saving Barnegat Bay, banning plastic bags in shore hearing

Paul Stenzel, of the Surfrider Foundation, attended Monday’s hearing dressed as a “plastic bag monster.” Plastic bags should be banned, he said.

The Barnegat Bay is in danger of dying from runoff waters tainted by fertilizers, experts told lawmakers meeting at the Jersey Shore Monday where they also considered a ban on plastic shopping bags, another widespread source of pollution.
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April 22, 2012

The People Speak Out Against the DEP’s New (No) Beach Access Rules

Beach access advocates made a strong case against the proposed public access rules to the DEP and press this past week read all about it below!

Environmental groups lobby against N.J. beach access rules at state hearing – Star Ledger

Access vs. exclusion – Proposed rule changes concern residents, fishermen, activists– Asbury Park Press

Critics: NJ Beach Access Rules Aid Rich Homeowners – NBC News

Opposition Mounts to DEP’s Proposed Public Waterway Access Rules – The Patch

Beach Battles over Access for the Public – ALS’s Tim Dillingham in the Star Ledger

April 14, 2012

Over 250 Rally to Save Asbury Park’s North End Beach!

Slide show thanks to Marc Steiner at Agency New Jersey

Thank you to all who came out on Saturday to help preserve the North End Beach of Asbury Park, fight for beach access, and plant dune grass. Click here to take action to Save the North End Beach of Asbury Park and click here to attend the public hearing for the new beach access rules. 

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March 26, 2012

Barriers remain to beach access

March 22, 2012.  Read Editorial from the APP .

DEP Commissioner Bob Martin can crow all he wants about how the proposal represents “common-sense rules to improve and enhance public access to New Jersey’s beaches, bays and waterways.” But the fact remains that the revised rules cede too much power to local towns to come up with their own beach access plans.
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