Thursday, January 3, 2013
People in Tinton Falls and Howell may notice smoke, but they should not be alarmed.
If you see smoke coming from wooded sections of Naval Weapons Station Earle in coming months, be aware it may be part of a "controlled burn" to lower the risk of forest fires. The NWS Earle Fire Department announced Wednesday it will sett closely monitored fires the first week of 2013, and continue in different areas through February and March. This is the time of year when a potential hazard is very low. The controlled burns will primarily be conducted in areas of the Station bordering Tinton Falls, as well as adjacent to Route 34 in Colts Neck and Howell townships. For more information, contact Michael K. Brady, Public Affairs Officer, (732) 866-2171.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Two years after it ordered reefs destroyed, the DEP applauds new partnership between the state, Navy and Baykeeper to promote good science and public safety.
They're not breaking out the beer and the hot sauce yet, but the people at NY/NJ Baykeeper are toasting their oysters nonetheless. "This is very exciting! Look at this," said Rutgers University scientist Beth Ravit, as she sifted through a net of baby oysters. Since last year Ravit and her teammates at Baykeeper have been growing the shellfish in the secure waters off the trestle that leads to the piers at Earle Naval Weapons Station. Looking over her shoulder at the mini oyster shells, mounded and crusted over large surf clams, Meredith Comi, program director for the oyster project at Baykeeper said, "This is what you'd expect for a healthy oyster environment." The tiny shellfish were seeded onto the clams and hung inside 18 nets which …
Friday, October 7, 2011
The organization's research project to test the viability of oysters in this section of Raritan Bay continues off the pier of Naval Weapons Station Earle in the Leonardo section of Middletown.
The NY/NJ Baykeeper organization lowered thousands of tiny baby oysters into the Raritan Bay Thursday, in a test that they hope will guide scientists in their goal to bring back beneficial oyster reefs to the waters off the Bayshore. Tiered lantern nets filled with fledgling oysters were lowered from the pier at Naval Weapons Station Earle in the Leonardo section of Middletown. Inside the nets some of the oysters were clinging to clam shells, and some of them were floating free. The experiment is to see how many of them will survive the winter in the active waters. Rutgers environmental scientist Beth Ravit said she was thrilled that nine months of negotiations between the Navy, the Baykeeper and state officials had lead to the revival of…