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The White House released an agenda to enhance the resilience of our Nation's natural resources, especially estuaries and coastal resources, in the face of climate change. Click here to get the details. We commend the White House for this increased priority and investment in our country's coastal natural resources. The American Littoral Society was highlighted for its work to increase resilience.

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Communities in NJ have been devastated by Superstorm Sandy and will continue to be tested by future storms and other extreme weather events due to climate change and sea level rise. One of the key ways that we can protect communities and help them become more resilient is through open space preservation. Open space is critical for not only extreme weather and protection of people and property but wildlife habitat, clean water, public access to recreation opportunities, flood plain management, and basic quality of life.

Learn more here.

A coalition of environmental groups on September 2, 2014 filed three lawsuits in federal courts around the country (New York, San Francisco and Boston) seeking to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish a clear standard that better protects the hundreds of aquatic species near the nation's 1,065 power plants and other facilities.

Read more: Environmental Coalition Sues EPA over Cooling Intake Rule

salpThis time of year, you may be noticing what appear to be jelly-like eggs floating in the surf. They are not eggs, but one of the fastest growing multi-cellular organisms in the animal kingdom. Salps, belonging to Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, and Subphylum Tunicata, are a barrel shaped planktonic tunicate that abundantly inhabit our equatorial, temperate, and cold seas around the world. Typically ranging in sizes between 1 and 10 cm, they use contractions to create jet propulsion as their means of locomotion. The life cycle of these animals are in two parts, solitary and aggregate. In their solitary phase, known as oozoids, a single organism reproduces asexually by producing a chain of tens to hundreds of individuals.

Read more: Species Spotlight: Salp

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Upcoming Events (Red=NJ; Blue=NY; Green=FL)

Mon Sep 29 @ 5:30PM - 08:00PM
Coastal Naturalist Series
Sat Oct 04 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Belleplain Biking
Sat Oct 04 @ 8:30AM - 11:00AM
Coastal Naturalist Series
Sun Oct 05 @11:00AM - 04:00PM
Submerge! NYC's Marine Science Festival
Mon Oct 06 @ 5:30PM - 08:00PM
Coastal Naturalist Series
Fri Oct 31 @ 9:00AM - 02:00PM
Healthy Soils and Native Plants Demo
Sat Nov 08 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Orienteering workshop for beginners
Thu Nov 13 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Oil Spill Response Workshop
Sat Nov 22 @ 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Surf Fishing Clinic
Sat Dec 06 @11:00AM -
Lunch and Learn Series