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Letter: A Dying Barnegat Bay Diminishes Family Times

Resident explains importance of restoration

I am a resident of Toms River and former boating enthusiast.  I have fond memories of recreational boating on the Barnegat Bay for many years. Summer weekends at the shore with my grandchildren had been known as “Grandpa’s Camp” and we enjoyed boating activities on the Bay like swimming, tubing and waterskiing.

Sadly, those outings became less frequent as Barnegat Bay deteriorated in health. My grandchildren could no longer enjoy the Bay because of stinging sea nettles and algal blooms.  It was disheartening to of us that our use of the Bay was no longer a pleasant and memorable experience. It led me to realize that Barnegat Bay was dying and something needed to be done to help restore the bay so that we could all enjoy this magnificent resource again.  

As a representative of my homeowner’s association, Laurel Commons Condominium Association, I initiated a partnership with the American Littoral Society several years ago to make our community more “Bay Friendly”.

My community has since participated in a storm water basin study, created sample native plant gardens that don’t require fertilizers and pesticides that harm the Bay and soon we will have an existing lawn area in our community retrofitted into a bio-retention basin to reduce pollution loads in the Long Swamp Creek that drains to the Bay.  

Governor Christie has initiated a 10-Point Plan to protect and restore the Bay but much more can and needs to be done. All levels of government, individual homeowners, housing communities and municipalities can all play an important role in restoring the Bay back to health.  

On July 31, at 7 p.m. in the Mancini Room of the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, The American Littoral Society and Pinelands Preservation Alliance will host a public forum and listening session to hear about your personal concerns and give you the tools you need to empower you to help protect and restore Barnegat Bay.

I hope you’ll join me in supporting these groups and attend this important event. Let your voice be heard. Because if we don’t speak up to save the Bay, who will? 

Paul Krauss

Toms River

Jack July 16, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Fill in the Pt P;easant canal and make it a park. It is the primary cause of the northern bays slow death. The northern bay used to be a brackish nursery for fish, ducks and plant life. The only reason for the canal is a convenience to the boaters; a small group relative to taxpayers. What is more important, the health of the bay or convenience?
Mr. ? July 16, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Ha! do you mean "like" your convenience? Do you live here? Do you pollute? Have you been developed? If the canal was not there, the bay would have been worse long, long ago!. "The northern bay used to be a brackish nursery for fish, ducks and plant life" ...until you and me moved here! ? And all the pollution comes through the canal? "What is more important, the health of the bay or convenience? " You mean like yours and mine?
Mr. ? July 16, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Forgot, and the canal! Guess the salt water intrusion into the Metedeconk river would not happen if the canal was not there? Try and figure that one out?.....???????????
jeff July 16, 2012 at 05:59 PM
STOP. THE. BOATS. AND. JET SKIS. But nobody wants to hear that because it brings MONEY into the towns.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress August 18, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Mr. Krauss - please reach out to me and my fellow candidates. I would like to hear proposed solutions to the Bay issues - not arguments. Anyone else interested in discourse on this subject may contact me, also. http://www.facebook.com/FrederickJohnLaVergneForCongress?ref=hl

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