Death of Barnegat Bay can be reversed, Rutgers prof tells state lawmakers

For at least two decades, scientists have known that Barnegat Bay is dying and that an overabundance of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus is what’s killing it. But what they haven’t known is how much of those nutrients the bay can accept without continuing that downward spiral. But a Rutgers University professor told a state legislative panel on Monday that he helped determine those limits and he urged lawmakers to take action on them to save the popular recreational and commercial waterway. "We have a lot of confidence in what we’ve done," Michael Kennish, professor of estuarine and marine ecology at Rutgers University told a joint meeting of Senate and Assembly environmental committees today in Toms River.

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Jersey tomatoes: Ripe for the tasting

It’s somewhat surprising to see what pops up when you type "quotes about tomatoes" into your search engine. After all, who’d have thought there’d be so many people with something to say about this plump and mostly red fruit?…On Aug. 27, the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and its Rutgers Cooperative Extension will again host the annual Great Tomato Tasting at Snyder Farm, a research facility in Pittstown that conducts experiments in sustainable agriculture and environmental accountability. There, the public will be able to sample more than 80 heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties, including "Red Pear," "Moreton" and the ever-popular "Ramapo."

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Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County holds award lunch

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Cumberland County held its eighth Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 27, at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Center in Millville. Tammy Commander and Pam Burton arranged the event. Eighteen area residents successfully completed the 20-week Master Gardener’s curriculum coursework and have become Master Gardener Interns.

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Union County students excel at 4-H Public Presentation Contest

Four students shared the energetic diversity of Union County with their peers from across New Jersey last month, as they participated in the annual 4-H Public Presentation Contest at Rutgers University in New Brunswick…"Union County 4-H encourages young people to explore their interests while building communication and leadership skills," said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak.

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In NJ’s back bay communities, flooding concerns continue after Sandy

After Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey, much of the spotlight focused on places that face the Atlantic or the Raritan Bay where homes and boardwalks were splintered into unrecognizable heaps of lumber. But the storm exposed the vulnerability of towns normally thought to be protected by the barrier islands, like Mystic Island in Little Egg Harbor and Beach Haven West in Stafford Township…"The defense that’s being done on the oceanside is linear. You can focus on just a line of defense. You can’t do that in the bay," said Michael Kennish, a research professor at Rutgers University’s Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. "On the bayside, we have real headaches. We have real problems there."

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