Barnegat Bay, a small brackish arm of the Atlantic Ocean, was under threat. Suburban sprawl and over-development prompted Governor Chris Christie in 2010 to direct the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to research and develop a protection plan for the Ocean County bay. Citizens from the region, recreational users, commercial fisherman, activists, scientists, and land developers all shared their experiences with the DEP during the research program activities to formulate a management plan for protecting the bay. This session explores how the research impacted the protection and stewardship planning.
Research Associate in Science Writing with the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Thomas Belton is an author, journalist, environmental scientist and a marine biologist. He has published short stories in Cicada and Art Times, feature articles in the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer as well as numerous magazines. Having worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for 25 years as a research scientist, Tom is currently a Research Associate in Science Writing with the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.