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Invasive beetle found in Somerset County

5-22-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's first confirmed case of an invasive beetle that kills ash trees has surfaced in Somerset County. A landscaper checking unhealthy trees in Bridgewater discovered insect larvae that are the emerald ash borer. The ...

Feds charge 3 men with disturbing Pa. falcon nest

5-21-14
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three men on a Philadelphia bridge repair crew are accused of disturbing a nest of peregrine falcons and lying to investigators. The men, who worked for the Maryland-based Liberty-Alpha Joint Venture, face conspiracy, witness ...

Christie picks 2 new members for Pinelands board

5-19-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has nominated two new members to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission, which voted earlier this year not to allow a natural gas pipeline that his administration supports. New Hanover Mayor Dennis Roorhr and ...

State awards $23.8M contract for steel sea wall

5-19-14
MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey firm will get a $23.8 million contract to build a protective steel sea wall in two of the shore communities hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. The state's Environmental Protection Department announced ...

Birds gone, work to resume on water tower

5-19-14
FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) — Workers in a northern New Jersey town can resume painting the water tower after a pair of nesting ravens have flown away. Fair Lawn officials had to put the $1.5 million on hold when a resident spotted the nest on the ...

Jersey shore beaches are in great shape post-Sandy

5-19-14
MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — Experts say the Jersey shore beaches are in their best shape in years heading into the second summer after Superstorm Sandy. That's due to a massive replenishment project after the enormous storm and some simple good luck: ...

Testing inconclusive, suspected bobcat returned

5-17-14
STAFFORD, N.J. (AP) — A judge has returned a 38-pound feline to a New Jersey woman after DNA testing couldn't conclusively say whether it was a purebred bobcat. The Asbury Park Press reports (http://on.app.com/1oA0Am1) that Municipal Court Judge ...
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Rutgers Researcher: Could Cost NJ Up to $9 Billion to Fix Water Infrastructure

5-16-14
Rutgers University Associate Research Professor Dr. Daniel Van Abs says it could cost New Jersey anywhere from $4 billion to $9 billion to fix the over 100-year-old water infrastructures in about 21 municipalities.

Volunteers clean up rotting dead fish from Belmar beach

5-16-14
BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Volunteers braved stomach-turning stench and a stiff wind to pick up thousands of rotting dead fish from the Belmar beach. Friday's cleanup came four days after a massive fish kill in the Shark River left thousands of dead moss ...
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Tons of Dead Fish Line Shark River Shores

5-15-14
A fish kill in South Jersey has left officials with a mess. Public works crews have disposed of nearly 3.5 tons of dead fish so far.