Citizen Scientist Volunteers Needed for Paddle for the Edge 2018

May 23, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

The Barnegat Bay Partnership is seeking paddling enthusiasts – with kayaks, canoes or standup paddleboards – to help collect data about the condition of shorelines along the bay as part of Paddle for the Edge 2018.

BBP launched the initiative in 2015, and during the subsequent summers, participants have collected more than 2,600 data points with their smartphones. As the BBP noted, “The data provides information about the state of the bay’s marshes, and will help guide future research and restoration projects.”

This summer’s event runs June 30 through July 22. Volunteer paddlers need only spend a few hours on the water, anytime during those dates, to record basic information for the shoreline study.

Those interested in volunteering are required to first attend one of the following training sessions: 10 a.m. to noon on June 16 at Tuckerton Seaport, 6 to 8 p.m. on June 19 at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 6 to 8 p.m. on June 20 at the Seaport, or 10 a.m. to noon on June 23 at the Stafford Branch of the county library.

Visit to register for a training session and to learn more about Paddle for the Edge. Direct any questions about the event to  —J.K.-H.

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