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 Making your plans for Memorial Day Weekend at the Jersey Shore? Discover New Jersey's "other" coastline, a Hidden Coast, the Delaware Bayshore.

A new episode of our video series "New Jersey's Hidden Coast" will air every two weeks throughout the summer! Catch a glimpse of the bay, the horseshoe crab at the center of the bay's system, and the incredible relationship between horseshoe crabs and migratory birds, like the Red Knot. We will reveal the real value of horseshoe crabs, the challenges to the ecosystem, and the potential for a thriving regional economy along the Bayshore. We will show Hurricane Sandy as a catalyst for decisive action and the work being done to rebuild the area for both people and wildlife.

Over the next several weeks, we will explore the use of "living shorelines" instead of bulkheads and the central importance of marshes to the marine ecosystem. We will discover the on-the-ground, grassroots efforts of people in the community to build oyster reefs. And we will examine the future of the Bay and the work that needs to be done to preserve our conservation successes.

dsc 5832The coast will come alive with the sound of music for the American Littoral Society's annual Members Day on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
Join us for the Society's annual meeting, which is a traditional day of celebration and thanks to members for their support over the past 50 years. The event takes place at Littoral Society headquarters, 18 Hartshorne Drive in Gateway National Recreation Area's Sandy Hook unit. The event is supported by the National Park Service and NPS Centennial.

Read more: Music Comes to the Coast for Littoral Society Members Day

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An appellate court last month effectively negated the state Department of Environmental Protection’s authority over public access to beaches and waterfronts in New Jersey by tossing out the DEP’s existing rules governing that access. Reaction from the environmental community was mixed; some groups dissatisfied with the rules praised the decision while calling for quick action to establish new regulations. Others are fearful of the impact that the DEP’s loss of authority may have on public access and are urging an appeal of the decision.

In a recent interview with The Asbury Park Press, Tim Dillingham, executive director of the American Littoral Society, explained his organization’s views and how environmentalists as a whole are interpreting the court ruling.

"The Littoral Society believes that it is imperative that the Legislature pass a bill that clearly and unequivocally grants DEP the authority to adopt rules that regulate and promote meaningful public access to the waterfront. Without that, it would seem that any rules adopted on an emergency basis or otherwise would be highly susceptible to a jurisdictional challenge. Before the 2012 rules were invalidated, significant provisions of the 2007 rules also were invalidated on jurisdictional grounds. So any new rule, emergency or otherwise, is vulnerable to a challenge without the Legislature granting DEP this authority.

“We have urged the DEP to seek review by the New Jersey Supreme Court because we believe it is essential that in order for the public’s right to access the waterfront to be implemented and protected, the DEP needs to have the power to adopt regulations that provide for and regulate public access."

This content is excerpted from The Asbury Park Press. Read more from the interview by clicking here.

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The American Littoral Society was recognized Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 for its commitment to protecting and enhancing New Jersey’s environment at the 16th annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony.

The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) are the state's premier environmental awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects in the state. The program has recognized 140 winners since 2000.

Read more: Society Honored with Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

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