Thursday, January 3, 2013
People in Tinton Falls and Howell may notice smoke, but they should not be alarmed.
If you see smoke coming from wooded sections of Naval Weapons Station Earle in coming months, be aware it may be part of a "controlled burn" to lower the risk of forest fires. The NWS Earle Fire Department announced Wednesday it will sett closely monitored fires the first week of 2013, and continue in different areas through February and March. This is the time of year when a potential hazard is very low. The controlled burns will primarily be conducted in areas of the Station bordering Tinton Falls, as well as adjacent to Route 34 in Colts Neck and Howell townships. For more information, contact Michael K. Brady, Public Affairs Officer, (732) 866-2171.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Two years after it ordered reefs destroyed, the DEP applauds new partnership between the state, Navy and Baykeeper to promote good science and public safety.
They're not breaking out the beer and the hot sauce yet, but the people at NY/NJ Baykeeper are toasting their oysters nonetheless. "This is very exciting! Look at this," said Rutgers University scientist Beth Ravit, as she sifted through a net of baby oysters. Since last year Ravit and her teammates at Baykeeper have been growing the shellfish in the secure waters off the trestle that leads to the piers at Earle Naval Weapons Station. Looking over her shoulder at the mini oyster shells, mounded and crusted over large surf clams, Meredith Comi, program director for the oyster project at Baykeeper said, "This is what you'd expect for a healthy oyster environment." The tiny shellfish were seeded onto the clams and hung inside 18 nets which …
Friday, October 7, 2011
The organization's research project to test the viability of oysters in this section of Raritan Bay continues off the pier of Naval Weapons Station Earle, in the Leonardo section of Middletown.
The NY/NJ Baykeeper organization lowered thousands of tiny baby oysters into the Raritan Bay Thursday, in a test that they hope will guide scientists in their goal to bring back beneficial oyster reefs to the waters off the Bayshore. Tiered lantern nets filled with fledgling oysters were lowered from the pier at Naval Weapons Station Earle, in the Leonardo section of Middletown. Inside the nets, some of the oysters were clinging to clam shells while others were floating free. The experiment is to see how many of them will survive the winter in the active waters. Rutgers environmental scientist Beth Ravit said she was thrilled that nine months of negotiations between the Navy, the Baykeeper and state officials had lead to the revival of …
Monday, September 26, 2011
People needed to count oysters at Moby's restaurant, Highlands, today and Friday
Monday, September 26, 2011
A message from the NY/NJ Baykeeper, based in Keyport: Hopefully you have heard the wonderful news that Baykeeper has been issued a permit to place research oysters in the waters at Naval Weapons Station Earle in the Leonardo section of Middletown. We are now working on final logistics with the Navy and NJDEP. The juvenile oysters are scheduled to go into the water the first week in October. Thanks to all our volunteers we were able to finish counting very quickly! We only have two more days left of work counting oysters down at Moby's. The days left to go are: Monday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will meet behind Moby's, 2 Bay Ave., in Highlands. Please contact Amy Testa at Testa@nynjbaykeeper…
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Water company workers continue toiling over the sinkhole as area residents remain cut off from schools and other residents on other side of Shadow Lake.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Sue Morgan
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Cesario Guzman can't wait until he can drive up Hubbard Avenue to Nutswamp Road and directly to his teenage son's soccer games and practices at Thompson Middle School — normally a short, five-minute drive. Since late August, when the retaining wall holding back Shadow Lake collapsed and a resulting water main break carved a crater-like sinkhole in Hubbard Avenue's southbound lane, the resident of the River Plaza section of Middletown has mapped out two alternate routes to get Gabriel, 15, to the soccer field. Guzman, of Applegate Street, has observed water company workers on the job after dusk when he walks his dog on Hubbard Avenue. He's pleased with the progress, but is looking forward to being able to use the road when he drives …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Keyport-based NY/NJ Baykeeper plans to drop hundreds of caged seed oysters from the pier at Naval Weapons Station Earle to see if they can survive.
The NY/NJ Baykeeper has been granted permission from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to drop dozens of cages, holding seed oysters, in the waters along the 2.2-mile pier at Naval Weapons Station Earle, in the Leonardo section of Middletown, to see if they can survive, and thrive, in the Raritan Bay. If they do, the Baykeeper organization believes that shellfish gardens could be successfully sown into that section of the bay, near Sandy Hook. Oyster reefs, said the environmental group's leaders, are vital to the health of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary. Oysters can filter the water and bring life back to the waterfront. “It’s a good start,” said Baykeeper Executive Director Debbie Mans, who applied in January for the permit…