Nurture Nature Center delivers final CSAP report on NWS storm warnings: Research is one component of a 10-study program

May 29th, 2015

FORT HANCOCK — Researchers from the Nurture Nature Center in Easton, Pa. have submitted their final report — They Had the Facts. Why Didn’t They Act?: Understanding and Improving Public Response to National Weather Service Coastal Flooding Forecasts — to New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.

The Nurture Nature Center-led researchers, which included investigators from Rutgers University Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve and East Carolina University, were one of 10 teams awarded grants through the Coastal Storm Awareness Program, or CSAP, administered by Sea Grant programs in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. And they are one of three teams administered directly by NJSGC.

“This project was needed because so many people failed to heed evacuation mandates and pleas despite the accuracy of the Superstorm Sandy forecast.” said Dr. Peter Rowe, the NJSGC director of research and the principal investigator for New Jersey’s component of CSAP. “These research projects examine different angles of three main questions: how do we improve storm warnings, through what channels do people receive those messages, and how to people make their decisions to act in response to storm warnings. The Nurture Nature Center really dug into the first question by examining how storm warnings are communicated.”

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State of the Shore 2015

May 21st, 2015

ASBURY PARK — The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium issued Thursday its annual State of the Shore report

The cold and snow of the past winter had little impact on the state’s beaches. Thanks to realtively few coastal storms, typical waves and minor flooding, the beaches and dunes were not punished by eroision.

Click here to read the full report.

Two years of mild winters has lead to most of the more than 14 million cubic yards of sand washed away by Superstorm Sandy to be replaced by natural processes. The natural replacement of sand has been bolstered by Army Corps of Engineers beach renourishment projects.

Commissioner Bob Martin, of the state Department of Environmental Protection, which is a NJSGC-member organization, spoke about the state’s efforts in conjunction with the federal government to rebuild Sandy-damaged beaches throughout the state, the water quality at those beaches and the low number of days in which beaches needed to be closed last summer.

Click here to read an NJDEP statement about commissioner Martin’s remarks.

Media Advisory: State of the Shore Report

May 8th, 2015

What: Annual State of the Shore Report.

Who: NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin; Dr. Jon Miller, NJSGC coastal process specialist; Dr. Stewart Farrell of Stockton University’s Coastal Research Center.

Where: McCloone’s Asbury Grill
1200 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park.

When: May 21 at 11 a.m.

About: The State of the Shore is an annual report examining erosion and other impacts to the Jersey Shore. Particular attention this year will be given to the amount of erosion incurred by Superstorm Sandy, and how the beaches in the state’s four coastal counties are recovering from a loss of 14.24 million cubic yards of sand, which is the equivalent of 7.12 million light duty pick-up truck payloads.

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance by emailingMatthew McGrath, NJSGC communications specialist.

From the 2014 Annual Report: Chairman Dennis Kearney’s Message

April 16th, 2015

Read the 2014 Annual Report.

Sandy Hook houses two beacons. The Lighthouse, erected in 1764, is the nation’s oldest protector of shipping lanes. New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, founded 200 years later, is the State’s staunchest defender of maritime well-being. These twin guardians stand but a few hundred yards apart.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is unique in the United States, comprised of 24 colleges, universities and other entities committed to preserving, protecting and honoring New Jersey’s coastal environment. As you will see in these pages, we excel at maximizing our grant and operating funds to promote research, outreach and education.

Our scientists study what lies beneath the waves and what lies at the water’s edge. We are out in the field in coastal communities, educating residents on coping with climate change. The origins of Superstorm Sandy are less important than the lessons we learn from it. Our educators have eyes on the future, instilling a sense of awe into thousands of children who pass through our doors each year. Your scientists of tomorrow are our pupils today.

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Programs full, Wait lists formed for horseshoe crab walk and Boy Scout Oceanography

April 10th, 2015

The consortium’s popular Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk, scheduled for June 6 is full.  This is an annual one-day event held at Sandy Hook. You can register for the waiting list for this June event but we cannot guarantee openings.  Click here for more information.

The two NJSGC Boy Scout Individual Merit Badge courses — Environmental Science, and Oceanography— are also full.  Both courses will be offered again in early fall.  You can register for the waiting list at www.njseagrant.org/education/scout-programs ; waiting list scouts will have registration priority in the next class.  More course information is available at this website page as well.

For questions about the programs or the waiting list, please email Scout Program Coordinator Jody Sackett, or call at 732-872-1300 x20.

Public comments sought for New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Review

March 27th, 2015

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium will be reviewed on May 13 and 14, 2015 by a team convened by the National Sea Grant College Program. The review will be conducted at the Consortium’s Sandy Hook Headquarters and will consider all aspects of NJSGC’s programs including management, stakeholder engagement and collaborative activities, including those with various offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This notice invites you to participate in our review by emailing your comments about NJSGC to oar.sg.feedback@noaa.gov.

Kindly send your comments at your earliest convenience–the comment period will end on May 6, 2015. Please put “New Jersey Sea Grant site review” in the subject line.

Thank you for assisting us by letting the review team hear from you!

Resilience expert and extension agent hired

February 20th, 2015

FORT HANCOCK — Michael Schwebel has joined New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute as their community resilience and climate change adaptation specialist.  The position, created by the partners following Superstorm Sandy, aims to increase the resilience of New Jersey’s coastal communities to future storms, flooding and the impacts of climate change.

“I look forward to sharing innovative approaches and unique knowledge and expertise to help communities plan and become better prepared,” he said. Read More …

Flood risk open houses scheduled for flood maps

January 19th, 2015

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and its partners — Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, Stevens Institute of Technology and Leckner Consulting, along with FEMA, N.J. Department of Environmental Protection and several New Jersey county governments — will hold flood risk open houses. The meetings are the next step in the mapping process for the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps.  The open house meetings will allow residents in their respective counties, who are in flood zones, to speak with representatives from FEMA, NJDEP, and their respective county officials about their risks, updated flood hazard maps, flood insurance, and flood risk mitigation.  To accommodate the residents of Bergen, Monmouth and Ocean counties, there will be an open house on two different days, at different venues. One meeting will be in the in the northern part of the county and one in the south, but residents can attend either event.

These are the meetings scheduled to date:

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Register now for our 2015 Horseshoe Crab Twilight Beach Walk

January 16th, 2015

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s 2015 Horseshoe Crab Twilight Walk will be held on June 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Raindate: June 7, 6 to 8 p.m.).  There will be a warm high tide and a full moon that evening making it the perfect time to see horseshoe crabs on Sandy Hook.

Your NJSGC guide will help you learn more about this amazing living fossil through hands-on exploration and other educational activities in the consortium’s laboratory classroom and along the shorelines of Sandy Hook.  This event is open to individuals as well as families.  To register, click here.

Contact Jody Sackett for more information at jsackett@njseagrant.org or at 732-872-1300 ext. 20.

Summer course schedule posted

January 15th, 2015

The 2015 NJSGC summer course class schedule for Introduction to Marine Science and Marine Biology — both four-credit, 200-level laboratory courses — is set. A 400/500-level independent study and SCUBA are also available.

There are two sessions for Introduction to Marine Science, and they will be taught at Brookdale Community College’s Northern Monmouth County Higher Education Center in Hazlet.

There is one session for Marine Biology. It will be taught at Brookdale’s main campus in Lincroft.

Courses are recognized for direct credit by most of New Jersey’s colleges and universities.

More information about NJSGC’s summer college program can be found at: http://njseagrant.org/education/college-programs.