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.
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.
MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012 BY MICHAEL LINHORST; STATE HOUSE BUREAU; THE RECORD
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.
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!
Beach Battles over Access for the Public – ALS’s Tim Dillingham in the Star Ledger
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.
HUNDREDS RALLY TO SAVE NORTH END BEACH by Molly Mulshine, The Asbury Sun
STUDENTS, VOLUNTEERS WORK TO IMPROVE BEACH’S ECOSYSTEM by Molly Mulshine, The Asbury Sun
Environmentalists Hold Rally To Preserve Coastal Open Space by Ilya Hemlin, 92.7 WOBM
For the preservation of a sand dune, Asbury Park Press
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.