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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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Winter Storm Orlena produced widespread flooding in Stone Harbor, according to Director of Public Works Grant Russ. During a Feb. 2 report to Stone Harbor Borough Council, Russ said there was flooding from 80th to 104th streets, and from Third Avenue to the bay.

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Early indications are that numbers are down for horseshoe crabs spawning along the Delaware Bay beaches and also for Red Knots, who feast on horseshoe crab eggs before completing their 9,000-mile trek to breed in the Arctic tundra.

In 2007, an article in the Herald reported on a bay beach street end access path on Shadeland Avenue in North Cape May, which had neighbors calling for Lower Township to clear the path there, and officials questioning if the access still existed.

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The resilient turtle has come close to extinction in the past, especially in the early years of the 20th century when they were commercially harvested for food at levels the population could not support. Terrapin numbers are shrinking and the culprit is habitat destruction and coastal development.

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The reef-building was designed to protect beaches along the Delaware Bay from storms, erosion and rising sea levels, while also providing fish and other marine creatures places to live.