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June 18, 2013 Revised FEMA Maps Cheered by Shore Residents, Criticized by Environmentalists

The new Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps give less strict requirements for rebuilding after Sandy, but environmentalists fear the consequences. A lower elevation requirement decreases the cost of rebuilding and flood insurance. Residents are finally ready to start building with the new restrictions and are ready to move on with their lives. However, many residents were opposed to the new restrictions. Rutgers Environmental Monitoring Professor and CECI affiliate Richard Lathrop states, “I think there was a rush to get out some of the information that maybe wasn’t ready for primetime.” For more information click here.

June 18, 2013 Rain Triples the Norm in Much of N.J.

Are you sick of rainy days? It has largely felt like every day in June has had its rain spell. Halfway through June we were within 2 inches of the New Jersey record for rainfall in June. The New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers and CECI affiliate, David A. Robinson, indicates that with the increased rain, we could be wetter than normal for the month. For more information click here.

June 11, 2013

Bloomberg Outlines $20 Billion Storm Protection Plan. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced an ambitious plan to build an extensive network of flood walls, levees and bulkheads along New York City’s 520 miles of coastline in an effort prepare the city for the threat of rising sea levels and powerful storm surges. The plan also calls for fortifying existing infrastructure and carries a total cost that is likely to exceed $20 billion if the vision outlined by the report is fully implemented.

New Jersey Wildlife and Conservation Conference: Call for Proposals and Presenters DUE February 15, 2014.

Climate Change and Energy are included in the topics of interest.  Electronic submissions due February 15, 2014. Conference will be June 6-8, 2014 at the Tropicana Resort, Atlantic City, NJ. Complete information available here.

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