How is Barnegat Bay Changing? Rutgers scientists lead symposium at Ocean County College

How is Barnegat Bay Changing? Rutgers scientists lead symposium at Ocean County College

June 28, 2007

HOW IS BARNEGAT BAY CHANGING?

Rutgers scientists lead symposium at Ocean County College

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WHAT:

The Changing Landscape of Barnegat Bay, a half-day symposium led by scientists from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

WHERE:

Technology Hall on the campus of Ocean County College, Toms River

WHEN:

Saturday, June 30, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHO:

Michael Kennish, associate research professor of marine science at Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences; Richard G. Lathrop, professor of environmental sciences and director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; environmental historian Kent Mountford, author of Closed Sea: From the Manasquan to the Mullica, a history of Barnegat Bay, and other scientists and researchers. The symposium is co-sponsored by Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education and the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve.

BACKGROUND: The Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor estuarine system is about 40 miles long; 2 to 5 miles wide; and, in most places, not more than 12 feet deep. It has two main outlets to the Atlantic Ocean and flushes through those outlets every 70 days. This shallow, placid body of water has offered a habitat for flora and fauna and a living to fishermen, hunters, farmers and boatmen for hundreds of years. But it is now threatened by a wide array of human activities, including over-development, scientists say. The symposium will give an overview of the state of the bay and include a discussion about how to preserve it.

Contact: Ken Branson

732-932-7084, Ext. 633

E-mail: kbranson@ur.rutgers.edu

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