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    Good News For Beach Protection Funding

    Jersey Shore Partnership : September 12, 2016 1:48 pm : News

    Senate Bill S311 sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos and Assembly Bill A2954 sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew would increase the Shore Protection Fund from $25 million to $50 million, the amount that is credited each year to the Shore Protection Fund from realty transfer fees. The Jersey Shore Partnership initiated the legislation and gave testimony before the joint Committee meeting.

    We are delighted to report that the bills were heard on August 18 at the joint Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee and passed on to the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees.

    This was the critical first step in moving the legislation along. Our testimony provides extensive detail on the funding required to meet authorized and planned beach protection projects over the next ten years. We look forward to presenting our testimony before the Appropriations Committees.

    The Shore Protection Fund is an investment in the State. The Jersey Shore is an iconic brand for New Jersey as a recreation destination. The shore communities return $20 billion in tourism revenue annually to the state, and provide jobs and business opportunities for thousands.

    The Jersey Shore Partnership respects New Jersey’s commitment to preserving its beaches and ensuring that all of us have the opportunity to access the shore for the beauty and recreation it offers.

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    How Beach Replenishment Works

    Jersey Shore Partnership : August 25, 2016 1:52 pm : News

    Margot Walsh of the Jersey Shore Partnership recently had the opportunity to witness the dredging for beach replenishment first hand.

    “On Monday, I went out on a Great Lakes Dredging Company dredger off LBI to learn how sand actually gets to our beaches.  It is a very interesting science and, I must say, requires very experienced and resilient crew that our on duty 24/7.  Included in our group were representatives from the Coastal States Organization, Philly Army Corps of Engineers, NJ Fish and Wildlife, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) and our hosts (way in the back of photo) Bill Hanson from Great Lakes and a reporter from NBC.  I had an on-air news moment but most important the interviewer noted the Partnership’s efforts to increase funding for shore protection.”

    The full news article/video and photos are also available online.


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    Congressional Action for Shore Protection

    Jersey Shore Partnership : May 5, 2016 2:14 pm : News

    There was hopeful news coming out of Congress for shore protection funding. The Senate Energy and Water appropriations bill called for $50 million for Shore Protection (Construction) funding in the 2017 budget, $10 million more than 2016. It was projected that the bill would sail through the full Senate with bi-partisan support. It was not to happen. An unrelated amendment jeopardized passage and the bill failed. If the appropriation bills don’t pass, we could be looking to a lame duck omnibus bill (like last year) or continuing resolution, which would keep last year’s funding level.

    Update:  S2848, the Water Resources Development Act 2016 has been placed on he Senate Legislative Calendar and will be taken up in the sequence in which it was added to the calendar.

    On a good news note, the Army Corps of Engineers under Title VI Water Resources Infrastructure authorized the final feasibility studies for water resources development and conservation. Cape May County from the Hereford Inlet to Cape May Inlet was approved for a project under hurricane and storm damage risk reduction projects.

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    A Letter to Congress Opposing Offshore Drilling

    Jersey Shore Partnership : March 2, 2016 4:42 pm : Calls to Action, News

    I am writing to you on behalf of the Jersey Shore Partnership to express opposition to the United States Department of the Interior’s new offshore energy plan under consideration. This plan would open up part of the Atlantic basin to leasing starting in 2021.

    In recent years, Congress has proposed legislation that would allow the states to each decide whether to allow drilling for oil off their coasts. The people of New Jersey have clearly spoken on this subject, stating that not one oil rig be erected off the picturesque shores of New Jersey.

    Over 1,200 miles to our south, Louisiana is familiar with the consequences of offshore oil drilling. In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Louisiana barrier islands and its gulf coast neighbors. Over 210 million gallons of crude oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico that summer. The state would go on to lose $23 billion dollars in tourism revenue over the next three years.

    This is not the future we envision for New Jersey. A BP-type oil spill off the coast of Virginia is an unacceptable risk that threatens our tourism economy, fishing industry, business opportunities, job creation, and quality of life. And, as important, an oil spill in the Atlantic would be a devastating environmental setback for the coastal waters and aqua culture all along the Atlantic seaboard. In contrast, off shore drilling offers no benefits to the State of New Jersey.

    As representatives of New Jersey’s advocacy organization dedicated to preserving and protecting our coastline, we call on you to extend the ban on offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.


    Margot Walsh

    A copy of the original letter can be found here.

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    Jersey Shore Partnership : January 7, 2016 4:05 pm : News

    A ruling by the New Jersey Appellate court on December 23 invalidated NJ Department of Environment Protection rules that give municipalities more power to determine their own public access plans, stating that DEP was not authorized to promulgate the rules under the public trust document.

    On Thursday, January 7, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chairman called an emergency hearing to consider S-3321 that would reinstate DEP’s authorization “to require public access to waterfront and adjacent shoreline as condition of waterfront development approvals and CAFRA permits.”

    Margot Walsh, executive director, Jersey Shore Partnership, testified for passage of the bill that will avert a threat to the future of public access and the continuation of federal funding for beach protection.

    The Committee hearing was held to specifically address passage of bill S-3321Committee. Chair Smith will convene an adhoc committee to review the current DEP regulations for possible amendments.

    The DEP is prepared to go to litigation if the proposed legislation is not approved.

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