Waiting for the Next Katrina or Sandy

Recently I was invited to moderate the first of a two-day conference between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dutch Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), the Netherlands’ government agency whose responsibilities include advancing that nation’s coastal resilience. While there were many technical presentations, the primary purpose of the conference was to identify specific areas of possible future…

Delaware River Basin Conservation

Despite the Delaware River Basin’s estimated $10 billion annual economic impact on the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region, Delaware River restoration efforts receive limited federal resources compared to similar watersheds across the country. The Delaware River Basin contains 13,539 square miles in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. These four states have entered…

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Controversial Easements in New Jersey

By Madeline Urbish Despite objections from some property owners and businesses, two major beach replenishment projects aimed at protecting against future storm damage are underway along New Jersey’s coastline. Following an executive order from Gov. Chris Christie, the state Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEPA) is working with the Attorney General’s Office to obtain easements for…