Day Three: Educators, Students, Environmentalists, Public (Voters & Taxpayers, Homeowners Assoc, Key Community Members, Educators, Young Professionals, students)
As announced on Friday, May 3, 2019 the Department of Environmental Protection awarded $10 million in grants for local water-quality improvement projects in the Barnegat Bay watershed.
Projects receiving funding include watershed restoration and protection planning, restoration of wetlands, creation of living shorelines, stewardship and education, stormwater infrastructure mapping, stormwater-basin retrofits, restoration of aquatic vegetation and shellfish, and protection of the bay’s most sensitive habitats. These projects are a key part of the state’s implementation of the Barnegat Bay Restoration, Enhancement and Protection Strategy (see https://www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/docs/BarnBay-REPS.pdf).
Grant awards are as follows:
. Brick Township MUA, $950,000 for the design and installation of green infrastructure and nutrient reduction practices in the Metedeconk River watershed;
. The South Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council, $325,000 for a stormwater basin retrofitting project in Lakewood Township;
. Rutgers University, $775,000 to develop a watershed restoration plan for southern Barnegat Bay, including Little Egg Harbor Tributaries;
. Barnegat Bay Partnership, $220,000 for a watershed restoration and protection plan for Cedar Creek;
. Barnegat Bay Partnership, $200,000 for a watershed restoration and protection plan for the Oyster Creek watershed;
. Barnegat Bay Partnership, $700,000 for a watershed restoration and protection plan for the Toms River watershed;
. ReClam the Bay, $30,000 for Barnegat Bay restoration and enhancement;
. The borough of South Toms River, $155,000 for the stabilization of the Crabbe Point Pier shoreline;
. The American Littoral Society, $1 million for a living shoreline and oyster reef project to improve water quality along Forked River Beach;
. Ocean County Planning Department, $3 million for a living shoreline restoration project at Cattus Island County Park;
. Tuckerton Borough, $350,000 for a living shorelines project at Tuckerton Beach;
. Barnegat Bay Partnership, $100,000 for a “Bay Friendly” stewardship program;
. Save Barnegat Bay, $100,000 for nonpoint source education for local government and municipal stormwater outreach;
. Berkeley Township Underwater Search and Rescue Unit, $300,000 for sea nettle outreach and assistance;
. Lacey Township, $70,000 for stormwater mapping expansion;
. Point Pleasant Beach Borough, $30,000 for storm sewer mapping;
. Clean Ocean Action, $600,000 to identify and eliminate pathogens from sanitary sewage sources in the Toms River watershed;
. Montclair State University, $300,000 for restoration and enhancement of submerged aquatic vegetation in the bay;
. Stockton University, $225,000 for a project modeling restoration of submerged aquatic vegetation;
. Stockton University, $300,000 for creation of oyster reefs in the bay;
. Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, $270,000 for Barnegat Bay education and enforcement.
More information about these projects can be found at https://www.state.nj.us/dep/wms/bears/npsrestgrants.html
Visit https://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2019/19_0032.htm for the complete Press Release regarding this announcement.