About the Proposed Pipeline Williams Transco has proposed a 23.4-mile pipeline project to expand its existing Transco transmission system to transport natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region through Raritan Bay to New York. If built, the pipeline will disrupt YOUR fishing, boating. and recreational activities! Construction of the pipeline would also disturb habitat for clams, horseshoe crabs, fish, and other marine animals. This is a step backwards for our energy policy and the environment by committing the region to more fossil fuel infrastructure projects that may be unnecessary or make it more difficult for renewables to enter the market. Read more →
September 23, 2016
Our restoration team went out to monitor our Raritan Bay living shoreline reef on September 16. Our living shoreline is housed on Naval Weapons Station Earle property and is composed of 0.91 acres of oyster castles (aka homes for the oysters). The project will determine if a living shoreline is an effective method to reduce shoreline erosion in our urban estuary.
We noticed upon our monitoring that the castles stayed in place and did not have too much sediment accumulation. This is very positive since we had very rough seas when the Hurricane Hermine was making her way through our region. Fish, blue crabs, and spider crabs were observed in and among the castles, along with several fouling organisms. Approximately 15 species were observed in total which is great news for biodiversity and habitat restoration!
Even more exciting is that the growth of our oysters was unbelievable! They were no more than 3mm when they went out and now the average size is 17mm!! Incredible for 4 weeks with survivorship was 80%!
We will be monitoring again next week. Stay tuned!
Restoration Program Director