Musconetcong River Restoration Partnership Given Federal Award for Dam Removal
Because of a dam, the Musconetcong River used to cover a Pohatcong Township playground and baseball field with water after a heavy rain. That is no longer the case. The Musconetcong River Restoration Partnership worked to remove the dam and restore 3.4 miles connecting the Musconetcong to the Delaware River. The group was recently recognized by Coastal America for its work on the dam and its ongoing work for the watershed.
Don’t Miss the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
For over a decade, New Partners has worked to bring together a variety of thinkers, practitioners, activists, and more to guide a strong and diverse movement grounded in the values of sustainable communities. Their national conference, New Partners for Smart Growth, stems from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Program and focuses on environmentally sensitive growth and development. Early-bird registration is now open for the conference to be held in Denver, Colorado, February 13 to 15, 2014.
Registration Open for Southeast Tidal Creeks Summit
After a successful inaugural event in 2011, the Southeast Tidal Creeks Summit is back to share more research, best practices, lessons learned, and trends in the field of tidal creek research. Make sure to register before December 2 to get the early-bird rate. Registration will close on December 5. The Southeast Tidal Creeks Summit will be held December 16 to 17, 2013, in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Climate Change in Perspective: One Alaskan Town’s Story
When you hear the words “climate change” you might think of rising seas or strong storms. For one town in Alaska, however, climate change means a completely different way of life. Less sea ice, warmer temperatures, thawing permafrost, and the destruction of roads and buildings is how the town of Barrow, Alaska, is witnessing climate change firsthand. Find more stories like this at Climate.gov.
Using Nature to Solve Coastal Vulnerability Issues
We have often looked toward manmade solutions for the coast’s vulnerability issues, but why not look to the coasts themselves for answers? Natural areas can play a big role in risk reduction and now with the help of the Coastal Resilience 2.0 suite of tools, decision-makers can assess risks and identify nature-based solutions to reduce socioeconomic vulnerabilities. The tools allow users to interactively examine storm surge, sea level rise, natural resources, and economic assets to develop solutions for risk reduction and restoration. The core partners in the development of these tools include the Nature Conservancy, University of Southern Mississippi, Natural Capital Project, NOAA Coastal Services Center, and Association of State Floodplain Managers.