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Thousands of fish found dead in Shark River

5-12-14
BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Oxygen depletion is believed the likely cause of a massive fish kill in the Shark River. Monmouth County's health department received a report at 5:30 a.m. Monday. Officials say thousands of fish have died mainly in the Belmar ...

Beach rehab project targets the other Jersey shore

5-11-14
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A project to repair damage to five of New Jersey's Delaware Bay beaches has been completed, just in time for summer and thousands of migrating shorebirds. The $1.6 million project was intended to restore bay beaches in ...

Judge orders wildlife officials to act on lynx

5-9-14
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials say it could take two years or more to finish a long-delayed recovery plan for Canada lynx after a judge ordered the government to move forward with the work. The snow-loving wild cats were listed as a ...
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NJ Officials Begin Planning for Climate Change Effects

5-8-14
A recent federal report claims climate change will be causing higher temperatures in the summer, colder and snowier winters and increased flooding.

Belmar bans smoking on beach, boardwalk

5-8-14
BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Belmar is the latest Jersey shore town to ban smoking on its beaches and boardwalk. The year-round ban will take effect on Memorial Day weekend. The town had previously allowed smoking in designated areas. Mayor Matt Doherty ...

Firefighters stop Woodbridge brush fire

5-7-14
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a large brush fire in central New Jersey that threatened ammunition storage at a gun range. The fire broke out late Wednesday afternoon in Woodbridge Township, near the junction of ...
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Lambertville Playground Closed Because of Contaminated Soil

5-7-14
Tests found toxins, including lead, in the soil beneath a Lambertville playground. Officials say remediation will take six months.
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Recreational Fishermen Worry Beach Replenishment Will Ruin Fishing Conditions

5-7-14
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to notch up jetties as part of a beach replenishment project, which recreational fishermen say will destroy conditions where they currently fish.

US funds China-backed windmills NJ rejected twice

5-7-14
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has promised up to $47 million to a Chinese-backed windmill project that has already been rejected twice by New Jersey regulators. Fishermen's Energy says it hopes the federal funds will ...

UMaine-led offshore wind project loses key grant

5-7-14
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine-led offshore wind pilot project has failed to a win a key $47 million grant from the federal government. The Department of Energy said Wednesday that the Maine Aqua Ventus project was selected as an ...