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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


Seining in Newark Bay
This week, we partnered with the Bayonne Nature Club to perform three Spill Spotters assessments in the waterways surrounding Bayonne. This is a new location for our Spill Spotters program, and we are so thankful to the Bayonne Nature Club for introducing us to its diverse habitat. The salt marshes and tidal flats on the coast of Bayonne host a diverse population of migratory shore birds. In the midst of oil snowy egretrefineries and dense industrial development, we documented an array of wildlife including winter flounder, weakfish, bluefish, black skimmers, yellow crowned night heron, green heron, egrets, and so much more. This is an area at high risk for oil spill pollution, and there is a great deal of wildlife there that would be affected in the event of a spill. If you would like to learn more about the Spill Spotters program please click here.

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(Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of American Littoral Society and Sally Jewell,
U.S. Secretary of the Interior)

Federal officials today announced the winners of more than $100 million in Hurricane Sandy
relief aid handed out through a competitive grant program for coastal protection projects.

Roughly a quarter of the $102.7 million awarded through the U.S. Department of the
Interior’s matching grant program has been earmarked for 13 projects in New Jersey,
including efforts to restore wetlands and dunes. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said those
types of natural infrastructure often provide the best protection from storms.

Read more: Over $100M in Sandy aid to fund coastal protection projects

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