Nearly a year ago, Barnegat Bay’s bottom was littered with broken boats, remnants of shattered homes and keepsakes washed westward when superstorm Sandy destroyed waterfront communities. The Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge – hundreds of acres of protected wetlands that stretch from Brick to Galloway – was covered in thousands of pieces of wood from smashed docks and houses, furniture and household appliances, family photos and household debris…Raw sewage and fuel also spilled into the bay during the unprecedented storm, but it will likely take years for scientists to fully understand the impact, said Michael Kennish, a Rutgers University research professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. "The problem is there’s natural variation (in the environment) that goes on from one year to the next," said Kennish. "A lot of this (impact) has yet to be determined."
/ / / Barnegat Bay faces uncertain future