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Scientist Sounds Warning on Barnegat Bay in NJ

by Associated Press
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Barnegat Bay
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Pollution sources include broken storm water drains.

A scientist is sounding the alarm over the worsening health of Barnegat Bay.

Michael Kennish of the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers told lawmakers Monday the bay is in danger of dying from unchecked runoff.

The pollution sources include broken storm water drains and too much fertilizer flowing into the bay.

Kennish, who has published a multi-year study of the bay's ecosystems, says the waterway needs urgent attention. He says algae blooms and habitat losses are increasing.

The Senate and Assembly Environmental committees are holding a joint hearing in Lavallette.

Sen. Bob Smith, who chairs the Senate panel, says $3 billion in tourism is tied to the Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor estuary, which starts at the Point Pleasant Canal.

   

 

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