Penguins and Antarctica and climate change, oh my! Teachers CONVERGE at Rutgers with research team

Excited talk of underwater robots, food webs and climate change filled the air at a weeklong teacher workshop at Rutgers University for Project CONVERGE, a program that will bring "real science" into area classrooms…Led by chief scientists and oceanographers Josh Kohut of Rutgers and Matt Oliver of the University of Delaware, the workshop is the kickoff for a year-long collaboration. The teachers’ students will become part of the Project CONVERGE team. Through blogs, interactive online classroom sessions and video conference calls, the middle-schoolers will get to know researchers in Antarctica and their work.

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NJ torrential rainfall: telltale images

Did you encounter dangerous floodwaters last week? The torrential rains that led to flash flooding on Aug. 12-13 were quite rare in some areas of New Jersey and New York, according to experts…In New Jersey, the 8.94 inches of rain that fell at the Millville airport in Cumberland County represents a one-in-100-year event, according to a report by David A. Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University. A 100-year storm has a 1 percent chance of happening each year.

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Fear for Barnegat Bay — can it be saved?

Not so long ago, Ken Probst and his family would enjoy a leisurely summer swim in the Barnegat Bay behind their Lacey home without the fear of pain. Their neighborhood of hundreds of modest, lagoon-fronted ranch homes sits on the Forked River of Lacey, where the southern bay water is slowly pulled in to help cool the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant two miles west…Poor water quality in some areas – which leads to a lack of oxygen and the death of eelgrass beds, home to many native species like blue crabs – appears to be spreading into the central and southern bay, according to Rutgers scientists…Research professor Michael J. Kennish, who led the project, defends the work of his group, which stems from long-term monitoring of sea grass beds – the bay’s underwater meadows that shelter fish and crabs.

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Rutgers’s Researcher says Barnegat Bay in trouble [VIDEO]

Rugters’ researcher Michael Kennish says that storm run-off and overpopulation is killing the Barnegat Bay.

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Barnegat Bay degradation moving south

Two years after hearing a scientist’s dire warning on Barnegat Bay, New Jersey lawmakers heard how the bay’s degradation appears to be spreading south from Ocean County’s biggest suburbs. The northern end of the 42-mile-long estuary already has crippled water quality, a trend that has accelerated during the last 20 years, Rutgers University research professor Michael Kennish told a joint meeting of the Legislature’s environment committees. "The situation has not gotten better; it’s gotten worse in term of nutrients," said Kennish, who leads the university’s Barnegat Bay science efforts and is an author of a recently updated report on the bay’s conditions.

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