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Gov. Phil Murphy’s Interagency Council on Climate Resilience Oct. 12 released the final version of the state’s first Climate Change Resiliency Strategy, a science-based blueprint for protecting New Jersey’s vulnerable communities, environment, economy, and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.

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In August, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) presented its Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) for protecting the state’s at-risk properties from back bay flooding, a preferred option out of several that were considered.

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Within the last two weeks, the Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control has detected West Nile virus (WNV) in several mosquito collections in the areas of West Cape May, Eldora, Dennis Township and Cold Spring.

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Stone Harbor Borough Council July 6 heard a report from the Public Works Department that some beaches had so little dry sand at high tide that access ramps for the handicapped couldn't be put in place. 

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A combination of environmental factors and continued overharvesting of female horseshoe crabs are threatening the Delaware Bay ecological system, as the number of red knots who stop there for critical food supplies plummeted this year.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced the award of $20.7 million in grants to help municipalities and counties implement programs to clean up and reduce litter in communities across New Jersey.

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind (Atlantic Shores) announced May 17 the second phase of last year’s successful red knot migration study in collaboration with Wildlife Restoration Partnerships (WRP) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Conservation efforts to protect terrapins by The Wetlands Institute (TWI), of Stone Harbor, and the Borough of Avalon seem to have been somewhat successful, according to officials, but road mortality and habitat destruction are persistent issues impacting local terrapin populations. 

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Cape May County Chamber of Commerce President Vicki Clark April 20 provided the organization’s position on offshore wind.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) March 29 announced a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Ocean Wind LLC (Ocean Wind).

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Visitors to nine Delaware Bay beaches May 7-June 7 may notice more volunteers protecting migrating shorebirds and horseshoe crabs to minimize disturbances during springwhen red knots try to fatten for their trek to the Arctic.