Volunteers Sought for Barnegat Bay Partnership’s Paddle for the Edge

May 24, 2017
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

The Barnegat Bay Partnership needs 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 2017. “With many miles of shoreline, their scientists can’t do it alone – they need the help of citizen science volunteers,” the nonprofit explained.

BBP launched the initiative in 2015, and during the past two summers, volunteers paddled a total of 50 miles to collect more than 1,800 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 17 through July 5. Volunteer paddlers need spend only 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: 6-8 p.m. June 5 at the Toms River branch of Ocean County Library, 10 a.m. to noon June 6 or 10 at the Tuckerton Seaport, or 6 to 8 p.m. June 7 at the Stafford branch of the county library.

Visit bbp.ocean.edu/pages/380.asp to register for a training session and to learn more about Paddle for the Edge.

Any questions about the event can be directed to Paddle4TheEdge@gmail.com. —J.K.-H.

 

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