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Thursday, August 27, 2020: As fully ferocious Hurricane Laura winds wind down after slamming the Louisiana shores, we have ...

Thursday, August 27, 2020: As fully ferocious Hurricane Laura winds wind down after slamming the Louisiana shores, we have a far more subtle but highly insectful wind thing going -- as we continue to see torridly hot westerly winds, an uncommon wind trend for this time of year.

Since offshore winds are more indicative of winter, might this hint at an early showing of the season of the witch? Nah. At least it can’t be determined by a few days of offshores.  

How can I not offer notations about the Season of the Witch. Per witches at afwcraft.blogspot.com, “The Autumn Equinox until just after the Wild Hunt rides out around Samhain is the Season of the Witch.”

If you understand all that, you’ve likely got a flying broom tucked away – and at the fall ready.

I’ll help all you mere mortals by advising that “Samhain” is a Gaelic things, timed to ceremonially mark the end of harvesting while ominously ushering in “the darker half of the year.” It is from whence our Halloween came.

As to that “Wild Hunt,” it is described at mythology.net as “A well-known folk myth of a ghostly leader and his group of hunters and hounds flying through the cold night sky, accompanied by the sounds of the howling wind. The supernatural hunters are recounted as either the dead, elves, or in some instances, fairies.”

Oh, that’s all we need around election time.

Back to our growingly wicked realm, we will see a pretty significant cool down by Monday (northeast winds). That’s of little consolation to the folks sweltering on the 90-degree-plus beach today, while being savagely put upon by black flies, with a few greenheads mixed in for good measure on the south end.

Truth be told, the fly presence today is far from epically bad, nothing close to those terrible times when anything colored black would be thickly covered by the biting bastards, rubbing their front legs together in anticipation of nearby skin. Nonetheless, today’s showing of flies is bad enough that beachy relaxation is replaced by skin tensed for even the slightest feel of something landing – even when it’s just a passing breeze rustling hairs.

Fighting the biters, beachgoers are swarming into the water. They better have their lunches with them.

BELOW: The rarest LBI surfing shot of all time. When winter west winds were blowing gale force, Barnegat Bay became surfable. Trying to recall who sent me this shot. Likely Marc H. or Mark T. 

 

Watching the on-the-move gulf moisture related to once Hurricane Laura, it has the potential to be Saturday ruiner, though the remnant will be running into such a dry westerly flow of wind that it will surely knock the mick out of her, as will the Appalachians. While some local forecasts are speaking in 90 percent chances of rain from Laura, here on the Island we might get by with a far lower chance of rain. That doesn’t preclude the chance of some freak tropical cloudbursts with high inch counts.  

Next week’s east and northeast winds will slowly give way to south and west flow.

Got my LBT beach buggy permit today. To speed the process, I’ve learned to not only have the required documents out and ready – up-to-date driver’s license, insurance card and registration – but I fully fill out the check ($50) before going in. That way I just hand over the bundle, watch while the nice folks behind the PD glass do some fill-in work on their end of the permit paperwork, sign and date the filled form when it’s passed under the glass, hand it back, and get my documents along with the permit. I wasn’t in there but three to four minutes.

I’ll get other LBI permits as beaches open further down the line. For now, I have Holgate in mind where I’ll fish while doing my part as a Forsythe volunteer but cleaning up what I’m sure is an overflow of balloons and (more environmentally harmful) ribbons/strings attached to the balloons. Often the balloons are gone with the entanglement danger still there via the ribbons.

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A word to the wise when speeding over the Causeway -- Electra Glide is on duty.

Hey, everyone speeds on the bridges. It’s just a question of how speedy you want to try. Exceed what the boys in blue feel is the breaking point – akin to the braking point – and a fun fishing day could be ruined. I’m a perpetual right-lane driver so I see the worst of the leadfooted motorist flying by. I generally don’t get bent out of shape by speeders, though I’ll loose an occasional “Jack-ass!” when it’s obvious I’m right in saying same. The one thing that gets my goat is when I’m in the left hand alleged slow lane, doing my comfortable sub-60-ish speed, to have someone on my ass, wanting to skirt left-laners from the right. I’m not a road-rager by any stretch but risk my life to that near bumper-touching degree and, as the song line says, “I just might fight.”

Likely carrying the subject too far, I must wonder if this entire enraged nation syndrome is manifesting is an increased showing of aggressive driving. I have no doubt that many folks I know seem more prepared than ever to take verbal arguments to the next level. Motoring madness. Hopefully, I’m overthinking things – while noting that most Ocean County gun shops are now sold out of many weapons. It’s as if we’re suddenly becoming Floridians.

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Haven’t mentioned it in awhile but this remains the summer of doormat fluke, with some double-doormats mixed in, i.e. double-figure poundage. I have to admit, it’s best not to over hype fluking from a media angle since we’re already over the allotted recreational poundage. What’s more, today’s hot spot is tomorrows bite-free one. Then there’s the pack mentality displayed by the majority if flukers, namely, look for the fleet and add to it. This is not to diminish from the appeal of summer flounder as one of the only summer species in town where an angler can get a decent take-home stringer – of anyone still uses that ancient term. 

During my Causeway walkabouts, I’ve seen rather typical nervous water showings, indicating peanut bunker at play, filter feeding near the bay surface. Below: Trained eyes can see the subtle surface signs of this large pod.  

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3 Beaches w/ High Levels of Bacteria, 5 More w/ Problems - State Needs to Clean Up Its Act

New Jersey has issued advisories for three beaches, according to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. These are the Trenton Avenue beach in Lavalette, 5th Avenue bay beach in Seaside Park, and 16th Street bay beach in Surf City. An advisory is issued for beaches where samples exceed 104 colony forming units (CFU)/100mL. 

“Every time our beaches have high levels of bacteria, it is because of the failure of New Jersey to adequately deal with stormwater runoff. Barnegat Bay is becoming the state’s biggest stormwater detention basin. There are three beaches that are under advisory, and another five have high levels of bacteria and should be closed as a precaution. This is because the Murphy administration has not fixed any of Christie’s rollbacks that allow for overdevelopment and stormwater pollution. DEP needs to fix how we deal with chronic pollution, runoff from fertilizers and septics, and leaky sewer pipes,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “Sprawl and overdevelopment is directly killing our coast, but the State of NJ doesn’t even want to test for the problems, let alone fix them.”

There are five other beaches in New Jersey that tested for unsafe levels of bacteria on August 17th and 18th, according to DEP’s testing data. All five beaches tested above the 104 CFU/100mL standard. Stockton Beach in Long Beach Township tested for 460 CFUs/100mL. Other beaches with levels of Enterobacteria between 120-270 CFUs/100mL include Beachwood Beach in West Beachwood Borough, River Beach in Point Pleasant Borough, Wildwood Beach in Ocean Gate Borough, and Bennett Beach in Wildwood City.

“New Jersey is not dealing with stormwater pollution and overdevelopment. There are five beaches that should be closed because of high levels of bacteria, but they don’t even have advisories. Half our beaches do not get tested and the ones that do only get tested on Monday. So if it rains on Friday people could be swimming in polluted water not knowing until testing is done. That needs to be changed. It takes days in New Jersey to get test results yet there is technology out there that will get results in a few hours, which is what we should have. There are tests for pathogens like E. Coli and Enterococci that have results within an hour, yet we’re waiting days for test results,” said Tittel. “By not testing enough and not using the best technology we put people at risk and could chase away our tourism putting our economy at risk as well.”

Raw and partially treated sewage is an ecological and public health disaster. Raw sewage is an extreme health hazard containing all kinds of pathogens including everything from E-coli to salmonella to Enterococci, even meningitis. Direct contact with this sewage water can lead to serious health problems from earaches to digestive problems or worse.  With floodwaters going into towns, homes, or basements this could be a serious health concern. 

“New Jersey is one of the most vulnerable states to climate impacts. We’re the second-fastest warming state in the nation and we’re third for having the most properties at risk for flooding. Unless New Jersey acts, one day we will not have the Shore we love. As temperatures rise and water infrastructure gets older, we’ll see more closed beaches. Warmer temperatures mean more algae blooms and lower oxygen levels, which can create dead zones. We’ll also see more algal blooms closing our lakes and affecting our bays as climate impacts increase,” said Jeff Tittel. “The state needs to take action now on dealing with septic and stormwater management and strengthening standards that limit fertilizer, pollution, and more. We also need more funding to restore wetlands and natural systems, and to retrofit stormwater systems in existing developments.”

Beaches in Brick Township have been closed due to jellyfish overpopulation and beaches in Brielle, Spring Lake and Lake Como are closed when it rains. There have been numerous fish kills in the Raritan Bay within the last decade. Brown tide outbreaks are occurring along the northern coast. Dissolved oxygen levels are dropping due to high levels of nutrients from stormwater, resulting in algae blooms. New Jersey already has 22 lakes with high levels of harmful algal blooms this summer. It will only get worse as summers get warmer.

“New Jersey needs to create a comprehensive approach to the shore that includes mitigation of climate change, adaptation for sea-level rise, and restoration of natural systems. We need to be updating our water infrastructure, fixing old leaky sewer pipes, and stormwater runoff. We also should be buying out properties in flood-prone areas, and rebuilding in a more sustainable manner including pulling back from the shore where we can,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “We need real action from the administration to protect our bays and coast. Without real action, the Jersey Shore that belongs to all of us will keep being closed. 

 

TERRACYCLE GLOBAL FOUNDATION TACKLES PLASTIC POLLUTION CRISIS IN WORLD’S WATERWAYS

Launches in Thailand With Funding From The PepsiCo Foundation

 

TRENTON, N.J. (August 27, 2020) – With an estimated 8 million tons of plastic disposed of in oceans every year, plastic waste in the world’s waterways has become a truly global problem. According to the Ocean Conservancy, over half of the plastic that ends up in our oceans come from five countries – China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – a result of rapidly growing economies and consumer demand, which have not yet been met with sustainable waste-management systems. 

In recognition of this growing epidemic, international recycling leader TerraCycle created The TerraCycle Global Foundation. With generous financial support from The PepsiCo Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, the TerraCycle Global Foundation is a dedicated public charity on a mission to dramatically reduce the volume of marine debris and plastic waste found in the world’s waterways. 

“Tackling plastic waste is vital for both environmental protection and economic development in communities across the world,” said Jon Banner, EVP Global Communications and President, The PepsiCo Foundation. “At PepsiCo, we take very seriously our commitment to building a world where plastic need never become waste. We are proud to be the angel investor to create the TerraCycle Global Foundation, helping to catalyze funding others and enable the recovery of tons of plastic waste from our waters.” 

The TerraCycle Global Foundation’s work is actively underway in Thailand, where the TerraCycle Thai Foundation, a locally registered independent non-profit, is collaborating with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR). The Foundation has installed river plastic capture traps which are designed to increase the amount of debris and marine plastics that are collected from Thai waterways, thereby intercepting it before it reaches and pollutes the ocean. The devices are part of the DMCR’s project to integrate action and participation into marine debris management. 

Through its relationships with regional waste management companies, as well as TerraCycle Inc.’s larger network of research and development, and logistical and processing partners, the Foundation will sustainably recycle not only the waste collected through its own collection devices and efforts, but also the waste collected by all the other organizations participating in the Thai government’s marine debris management program. The end goal is to use recycled waste to create materials that can be incorporated in various applications—from primary packaging for major global brands to applications such as road or construction materials. 

“Cleaning the country’s rivers and canals is a critically important priority for the Thai government,” said Suwan Nanthasarut, Senior Advisor, DMCR. “The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources is pleased to have public-private cooperation from nonprofit organizations like the TerraCycle Thai Foundation to assist in our river cleanup efforts.” 

With plans to expand to local communities throughout central and Southeast Asia where local waste management systems are overwhelmed, the TerraCycle Global Foundation is working to implement a multi-collaborator, circular system of solutions designed to clean up waterways, increase waste collection and capture more recyclable material. The Foundation will also be educating local communities on how their behaviors impact their environment and ways to prevent and reduce plastic pollution. 

“Through the Foundation, we hope to lead international public awareness about the need to address river and ocean plastics” said Tom Szaky, Chairman of the Board, TerraCycle Global Foundation. “By directly collecting, as well as engaging with a wide range of NGOs to collect plastic from waterways, and using our recycling solutions to process it into a high-grade material that manufacturers can integrate it into new products, we want to show there is value in these otherwise discarded plastics.” 

By capturing marine plastic waste and finding recycling solutions for the collected materials, the Foundation offers a holistic approach to reducing plastic waste to create meaningful, long-lasting change that can be replicated across around the world. To learn more about the TerraCycle Global Foundation please visit, www.terracyclefoundation.org/. 

About The TerraCycle Global Foundation

Founded in 2018, the TerraCycle Global Foundation’s objective is to address the complex challenge of collecting and recycling plastic waste in emerging countries and preventing it from entering and polluting global aquatic systems. By joining forces with the local community and government organizations in affected areas, fostering collections and recycling programs and offering meaningful education programs in numerous localities, the Foundation is working to advance an integrated and collaborative approach to this global crisis that can be replicated across around the world. To learn more about The TerraCycle Global Foundation or to make a contribution, please visit www.terracyclefoundation.org

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