2021 Knauss Fellow Update – Dr. Arye Janoff

March 29th, 2021

Dr. Arye Janoff is the 2021 Knauss Fellow working with the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. In his words:

“The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation is 100% team-based, so everything that comes out of our office is circulated for review amongst our team members, meaning that I have a hand in all tasks related to the Subcommittee’s work. Our team includes a Staff Director, a Professional Staffer, a Legislative Assistant, a Coast Guard Fellow, and a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow (me). We also work closely with our Subcommittee minority staff counterpart, along with our Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Front Office. As needed, we also collaborate and communicate with the various Subcommittees within T&I, including Aviation; Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management; Highways & Transit; Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials; Water Resources and Environment; Investigations & Oversight; and Press.

I participate in weekly T&I Majority Committee staff and CG&MT Majority Subcommittee staff calls to discuss our agendas and priorities for the week, as well as weekly T&I Legislative Assistant briefings with our member offices to relay these agendas and flag any important dates/events. At the end of each week, I am responsible for providing a top-line weekly overview of CG&MT’s activities to the Front Office to be compiled into a weekly report for Chair DeFazio. In addition, I am responsible for writing memos to my team on bills that are referred to our Subcommittee, including background, an overview of the language and intent of the bill, cosponsors, corresponding legislation, etc. Finally, the Legislative Assistant and I are tasked with notetaking for all meetings for our team to reference on a rolling basis.”

He participates in many other tasks such as drafting department letters and memos meeting with industry groups and attending briefings on issues such as Great Lakes shipping, Covid-19 cruise ship concerns and clean air, among many others.

In the News: Rain Garden sign supports NJSGC research

March 20th, 2021

Secaucus has posted signage next to the rain garden that is being used to pilot-test the technology for Dr. Dibyendu Sarkar’s project funded by NJSGC. The research is entitled “Greening the Grey Infrastructure: Green Adsorbent Media for Catch Basin Inserts to Remove Stormwater Pollutants.”

 

Dr. Thomas Herrington to Guide Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering

March 20th, 2021

Dr. Thomas Herrington, NJSGC’s Coastal Community Resilience Specialist, who is also the Associate Director of the Urban Coast Institute, has been named the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Marine Environmental Engineering.

Herrington has served for four years as a member of the publication’s editorial board, which currently includes representatives of American universities and military agencies as well as research institutions in Canada, China, Denmark, Greece, India and the Netherlands. His term as editor will extend through 2024.

The journal’s scope includes scientific and engineering disciplines addressing complex environmental problems in ocean and estuary waters and inland seas. Topics covered in past issues have included coastal and ocean processes, marine waste disposal, habitat enhancement and creation, fisheries management, dredging, beach erosion and management, and computer modeling, among many others. Herrington said he looks forward to expanding the publication’s range in upcoming issues.

“The journal is unique in both its interdisciplinary nature and its focus on applied science and engineering,” he said. “It will continue to publish articles that articulate practical solutions to real-world environmental problems, but broaden the content to include emerging areas of marine environmental engineering required for future sustainability and resilience to climate change impacts, including natural carbon sequestration and the use of natural and nature-based features, living shorelines, and ecosystem adaptations for coastal restorations, adaption, and resilience.”

The journal was launched in 1993 and is published by the Old City Publishing, based in Philadelphia.

2021 Green Infrastructure Champions Training Program

February 23rd, 2021

Become a leader, become a Green Infrastructure Champion with the Water Resources Program at Rutgers NJAES! The next program will be offered virtually. Please click here to view the full 2021 schedule, and learn more about the program here.

Green Infrastructure Champions are key players in implementing green infrastructure as a stormwater management approach town by town.  Green Infrastructure Champions will be able to:

  • Enhance their knowledge through green infrastructure workshops, seminars, and personal research
  • Engage community leaders to adopt green infrastructure as a stormwater management solution by updating ordinances and municipal master plans
  • Encourage local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and schools to incorporate green infrastructure in their existing landscaping
  • Secure funding for green infrastructure
  • Publicize implementation of green infrastructure through social media channels

Here is what we can offer:

  • Training on green infrastructure planning and implementation
  • Technical support to develop a design for a green infrastructure demonstration project
  • Networking opportunities with other Green Infrastructure Champions for mutual support
  • Assistance with grant writing and submission

    **A minimum of five (5) workshops is required for certification.**

Educator Town Hall

February 23rd, 2021

The next Educator Town Hall will be held March 2, 2021.


Call for Artists for Risk Communication Art Grant Program

February 11th, 2021

The NJ Coastal Management Program and the NJ State Council on the Arts are partnering on a Risk Communication Art Installation Grant Program. The Arts Council released a Call for Artists to select artists that will be paired with 4 community based organizations in the coastal area. The organizations are Atlantic City Arts Foundation, the Bayshore Center at Bivalve, Monmouth Arts, and Passaic County. Below is additional information.

This grant program is just one component of a larger Risk Communication Campaign that the CMP and JCNERR are undertaking over the next year with funding from NOAA.

Hooked on Ocean Acidification

February 8th, 2021
Are you curious about what ocean acidification (OA) is? Are you curious about what a more acidic ocean could mean for the fish you target? Would you like to learn how seagrass plantings can buffer changes in water chemistry and help with oyster reef restoration? Are you eager to try out a new app that provides short-term forecasts for pH and hypoxia in coastal waters? Come join us for the “Hooked on Ocean Acidification” mini-series on Thursday evenings, from February 18 to March 11. All four sessions will be held virtually, via ZOOM, from 6:30-8:00 PM. For more information click here.
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Every Kid Outdoors Program for 4th Grade

January 8th, 2021

Explore Sandy Hook from Your Classroom with the EVERY KID OUTDOORS Program – FREE to 4th Grades! 

Whether your students are in class or learning from home, we can enhance their educational experience with a fun “virtual” field trip!  For more than 30 years, school groups from New Jersey and neighboring states have enjoyed learning about coastal ecosystems with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) at Sandy Hook, a unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.  NJSGC is proud to partner with the National Park Service and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy to offer FREE virtual programs to 4th grade students for Spring 2021.

As part of the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, 4th graders (along with their families and teachers) are encouraged to visit national parks to experience the natural wonders and cultural history that can be found there.  NJSGC headquarters has long been located at Sandy Hook, thus bringing this unique national park experience to tens of thousands of students since 1976.  Given the current circumstances, the talented educators at NJSGC have now taken these outdoor experiences and adapted them for remote learning.  Educators with 4th grade students interesting in participating in the Every Kid Outdoors program through NJSGC can choose from 2 FREE virtual programs led by NJSGC educators:

  1. Coastal Ecosystems – Based on our most popular and comprehensive field trip, Marsh & Ocean Environments, students learn about the estuaries, maritime forests, and barrier beaches found at Gateway National Recreation Area and the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. Explore the importance of the plants and animals found there, and how human interactions with these environments can both positively and negatively impact them.  Discover the concepts of watersheds and marine food webs through a lively interactive and game-enhanced presentation.
  2. Terrific Terrapins – Meet New Jersey’s estuarine turtles, the Northern Diamondback Terrapin, in this fun program that teaches students why these animals are so unique and important to our coastal ecosystems. Students will participate in an interactive presentation with a LIVE Northern Diamondback Terrapin to answer questions about and discover this reptile’s adaptations, anatomy, habitat, and more. Students will also learn about the impacts humans are having on terrapin populations, and what some local groups and scientists are doing to help protect this charming turtle.

All programs support New Jersey Learning Standards and can be modified for learning abilities.  To encourage interaction amongst participants, each program is 45-60 minutes and accommodates 1 class of up to 25 students.

Participation in NJSGC’s Every Kid Outdoors program requires that 4th grade educators complete the following requirements with their students:

  1. Complete a pre-program “Web Quest” to familiarize students with program concepts;
  2. Participate in a virtual NJSGC-instructor led program; and
  3. Provide NJSGC with your completed program feedback form

Contact the Education Department at reservations@njseagrant.org for further information.

The Every Kid Outdoors initiative is made possible by a generous contribution from the National Park Foundation.  Learn about the education efforts of our partners, the National Park Service and Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy.

Virtual Marine Science Day Camp (cont.)

January 1st, 2021

Looking for information about New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s Marine Science Day Camp for Summer 2021? 

NJSGC educators are hard at work planning a highly-interactive and fun program focusing on a variety of fascinating marine science topics. This summer we expect to offer both in-person and virtual camp weeks, so campers can enjoy learning about the ocean and NJ’s coast no matter where they are!

Due to popular demand, NJSGC will again be offering Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box which will include a variety of unique science activities and fun crafts that can be done on your own or during your camp week.

Check back here in late February for further information and additional details, including dates. In the meantime, inquiries can be directed to Rosemary Higgins, College and Special Programs Coordinator, at rhiggins@njseagrant.org.

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Summer 2020: Virtual Marine Science Day Camp and Marine Science “Camp-in-a-Box” (no longer available, new dates coming for 2021)

This summer, join New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium for our new Virtual Marine Science Day Camp!  This daily alternative to our annual in-person program utilizes fun, interactive 60-minute Zoom sessions with experienced NJSGC Education Staff focused on ocean sciences that are sure to engage and excite your child. We offer two weeks of camp depending on your child’s grade level as of September 2020:

– Sea Creatures of the Jersey Shore takes place July 13-17 for grades 3, 4, 5 and will be held virtually from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This week will focus on the marine animals found along New Jersey’s coast and will include a special Sharks vs. Rip Currents session that teaches children about the importance of ocean swimming safety.

– Coastal Ecosystems and Oceanography takes place July 27-31 for grades 6, 7, 8, and will be held virtually from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This week will focus on the ocean processes that affect our weather & climate and shape our shorelines , and will include a special Magnifying Plastics session that helps children understand how plastics affect marine life and, ultimately, us!

Virtual Marine Science Camp includes NJSGC’s new Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box, filled with fun activities to help your child explore the uniqueness of marine animals and the interactions of ocean ecosystems. Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box comes with the supplies needed to complete 12 activities and investigations such as building animal models, investigating beach sand, examining the effects on climate change on marine organisms, and exploring animal habitats. Camp-in-a-Box also includes a special smartphone clip-on microscope to encourage in-depth investigations of the natural world!

FEES: 

  • Virtual Marine Science Camp (includes Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box) — $75 per child (per week).
  • Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box (kit only) — $50 per child.
    Use our curbside pickup option to receive your Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box order to save on the shipping & handling fee. Additional shipping and handling fee for all deliveries ($10 each).

Mail order deadline is Thursday, July 2nd when registering for Session 1 of Virtual Marine Science Camp and Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box to allow for sufficient shipping time.

Mail order deadline is Thursday, July 16th when registering for Session 2 of Virtual Marine Science Camp and Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box to allow for sufficient shipping time.

All fees are NON-REFUNDABLE

To register for Virtual Marine Science Camp: contact Rosemary Higgins, Camp Coordinator, to reserve your spot and receive access information.

How to obtain your Marine Science Camp-in-a-Box: contact Rosemary Higgins, Camp Coordinator, to place your order. USPS shipping rates will apply. Curbside pickup is strongly encouraged.