Despite Sandy, Sea Nettles Return to Barnegat Bay

If there was any hope that Superstorm Sandy washed away Barnegat Bay’s stinging sea nettles, it was lost over the past few weeks. The translucent jellyfish, packing an annoying sting, have returned to the bay with a vengeance as the peak of their season – late July into August – has arrived…Mike Kennish, a research professor at Rutgers University, said in a university publication this week that 2013’s sea nettle population is bucking the trend of the past 13 years. "There are higher numbers reported in the Forked River area and farther south than in the northern part of the bay, which is very unusual," he said.

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ACUA to Host Rutgers Environmental Steward Training

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) will be participating in a Rutgers University program designed to introduce non-scientists to key environmental issues in the state, the ACUA announced Tuesday afternoon. The 2013 class of Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Environmental Steward training takes place from January to June in Atlantic, Warren and Somerset counties.

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