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Exploring Ecological Solutions for Coastal Community Hazards Workshops

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This workshop series is hosted by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Barnegat Bay Partnership, and NJ Department of Environmental Protection and is designed for municipal officals, engineers, contractors, and anyone who is interested in or works on ecological projects, such as living shorelines or stormwater management. Come hear from experts in the region and learn about design, permitting, monitoring, and planning ecological projects! There is no cost to attend the workshops and lunch will be provided, but space is limited so register today! Attendance is not required at all three workshops, (each workshop will cover different topics), so please register for the workshop(s) you are interested in. Please contact Kaitlin Collins at kcollins@delawareestuary.org with questions. See agendas below:


Workshop 1: Introduction to Ecological Solutions for Coastal Community Hazards Workshop

October 30, 2017 9:00am-3:00pm

ACUA, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Overview

9:30-10:30 Introduction to Ecological Solutions for Coastal Communities

  • Comparison of nature based infrastructure and traditional techniques – Angela Padeletti, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

  • Ecological project options – Josh Moody, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

  • Stormwater management and the protection of infrastructure– Amy Williams, Stevens Institute for Technology/NJ Sea Grant

10:30-12:00 Designing Ecological Projects for Community Needs

  • Coastal Flooding Applications

  • Enhancing Habitat for Recreation/Education – Jessie Buckner, Barnegat Bay Partnership

  • Working with Coastal Property Owners – Josh Moody, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

  • Resilient Barrier Island Community – Mayor Martin Pagliughi, City of Avalon

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Planning and Permitting: Navigating the Field of Red Flags

  • First steps in working with the state – Steve Jacobus, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Office of Coastal and Land Use Planning

  • Joint Permitting Process (JPP) and ways to prepare – Karen Greene, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

  • Navigating Permits – Mike Hayduk, US Army Corps of Engineers

2:00-3:00 Partnerships in Action- Jim Cahoon, Bay Environmental

3:00 Adjourn



Workshop 2: Managing and Monitoring Ecological Projects: Is Your Project Meeting Its Goals?

October 31, 2017 9:30am-4:00pm

Atlantic County Library System, Brigantine Branch, 201 15th St S, Brigantine, NJ 08203

9:30-10:00 Welcome and Overview

10:00-11:30 Is My Project Working; Identifying Goals, Setting Targets and Monitoring for Success

  • Introduction to Monitoring and Management –Jessie Buckner, Barnegat Bay Partnership

  • Monitoring to Inform Project Management – Josh Moody, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

  • Monitoring in the Private Sector - Andrew Rella, ECOncrete Inc

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:30 Steps in Project Implementation and Real World Monitoring Applications

  • Site Selection and Other Processes – James Rutala, Rutala Associates, LLC

  • Professional and Citizen Science Monitoring – Sarah Bouboulis, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-4:00 Field Trip to Ecological Project Sites in Brigantine and Atlantic City. Transportation provided.

4:00 Adjourn



Workshop 3: Technical Planning for Ecological Projects

December 12, 2017 9:00am-3:00pm

Rutgers Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Overview

9:30-9:50 Introduction to Tools for Project Planning – Martha Maxwell-Doyle, Barnegat Bay Partnership

9:50-11:20 Available Online Platforms– Rick Lathrop, Rutgers University

  • NJ Adapt/NJ Flood Mapper

  • CoastalResiliency.org Future Habitats

  • TNC Restoration Explorer

11:20-11:35 Break

11:35-11:55 Assessing Site Specific Project Needs using Technological Resources – Josh Moody, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

11:55-12:15 Engineering Living Shorelines: Project Design Considerations – Jon Miller, Stevens Institute of Technology/NJ Sea Grant

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Ask the Experts: Barriers and Opportunities – An open Q&A discussion that will serve as resource sharing of obstacles, lessons learned, and successes. Questions and topics of interest can be submitted beforehand.

  • Panelists: Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Barnegat Bay Partnership, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute for Technology, The Nature Conservancy, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

3:00 Adjourn




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