Sea level rise response in Mid-Atlantic communities
On September 14, 2012 Delaware's sea level response report was presented to the residents of Delaware Bay communities in Delaware outlining the four possible responses and the estimated costs of each response. The report is meant to helps evaluate the environmental, social, business, political and financial impact over the coming decades.
Mid-Atlantic sea level response blog
We launched a new sea level rise response blog page in August to compile news reports of various communities' response to sea level rise as official projections and planned evacuation strategies are disseminated to residents.
Oyster restoration resources
BaySavefoundation.com launched a new page dedicated to oyster restoration news and reports from around the world.
Living Shorelines Restoration Project
This spring we launched restoration projects on three new sites utilizing gardening methods specifically adapted to the waters of the Delaware Bay. Shoreline gardening is a great way for property owners to help improve their local watershed. See more details and photos.
Port Mahon, DE
The small town of Port Mahon, Delaware was already lost to rising water level along the Delaware Bay shores. Now the last of the surviving roadway to a public boat launch is threatened.
NJ Shellfish Law Reform Proposal
BaySave adapted a New Jersey shellfish law reform position paper that includes 8 key provisions:
1. Amend NJ statute Title 50 to provide for the separation of control between our environmental resources and the industry that harvests them.
2. Ensure that the majority of Shellfisheries Council members are citizens without a direct commercial interest in the shellfish industry.
3. Adapt a management plan that would substantially increase the current oyster population.
4. Redirect public funding from the planting of commercial seed beds to environmentally sustainable oyster restoration.
5. Set a moratorium on commercial oyster harvest.
6. Promote oyster gardening, research and restoration.
7. Promote modern safe shellfish handling practices.
8. Promote NJ aquaculture.
July 4th Cleanup
Five high school students from Philadelphia area helped with a July 4 cleanup of Nantuxent Marina including the removal of trash and tires that had accumulated for decades before BaySave began the site restoration.
This cleanup is expected to be the final stage of physical before re-opening the beach for recreational activities including a kayak and small boat launch.