Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Photo: Anders Brownworth (www.anders.com)
By Cornelia Dean
November 21, 2006
Lighthouses speak to the imagination. They illuminate the darkness, remind us of a vanishing maritime heritage and embody what it means to make it safely home.
So when erosion threatens to send a lighthouse toppling into the sea, people want to save it. But how? The way we answer that question involves more than engineering. It can become a statement about how we intend to live with our eroding coasts.
More on the Lighthouse Debate
Google Map of Montauk Lighthouse
Wikipedia - Montauk Lighthouse
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Join the CMRC in celebrating a “superfine” year in coastal conservation. Drinks, food and some waterfront cheer.
CMRC WINTER WATERFRONT LUAU* Tuesday , December 19th ~~~ 6:00 – 8:00 PM* Superfine, Dumbo, Brooklyn (Map Link Below) * RSVP To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details to follow. For more information please visit us at http://www.thecmrc.org/
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Please stay tuned for frequent updates and feel free to contact us at email@example.com with ideas, links or questions.
Virtual Estuary Project Overview
The Virtual Estuary Project is an initiative that uses cutting-edge technology and interactive media to create an educational tool that explores the natural resources found within the coastal environment of the New York – New Jersey Harbor Bight.
The Harbor Bight is home to one of the largest metropolitan regions in the world. It includes a population of 22 million residents, thousands of academic institutions and an international business community. Unfortunately, the extent of the region’s development puts tremendous stress on the health of the estuary's natural systems. The Virtual Estuary aims to reconnect residents with the coastal ecosystem through a variety of interactive educational tools that increase awareness regarding aquatic species and habitats while simultaneously conveying important conservation lessons to individuals and entire classrooms.
Virtual Estuary Overview
The Virtual Estuary Project is a partnership between the CMRC, Key East Consulting and Fallout Pictures that allow users to experience the Harbor Bight ecosystem through the use of computers and media players. Located at www.virtualestuary.org, the website offers access to web-based media via multiple gateways. The primary interface will resemble Google’s mapping program (www.maps.google.com) and will include highlighted links to site specific media that showcases a variety of coastal features and topics such as: aquatic species, coastal habitat, waterfront communities and maritime history. It will be accessible first online where information will be downloadable to desktop computers and portable devices and then in a DVD format that will be distributed to after-school programs.
The Virtual Estuary Project includes the following components:
- Online Map and Searchable Content Interfaces
- Interactive Species and Habitat Modules
- Downloadable “Flash” Videos and Podcasts
- Web-Based Educational Games
By allowing residents to learn about the different species, habitats and coastal communities users will gain a better understanding of the resources and challenges facing our coastlines. Students and teachers will be able use the information to discover the ecology and maritime history of our region. Local residents will be able to experience the Harbor Bight in a new way by exploring our ecosystem and gaining knowledge through easily accessible cutting-edge technologies.For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, November 09, 2006
By Jennifer Smith
November 2, 2006
From the crash of the Great South Bay's once-abundant hard clam population to the near disappearance of eelgrass from the bottom of Long Island Sound, Long Island's coastal waters are no strangers to species loss.
This week a study in the journal Science took a larger look at how the loss of aquatic biodiversity -- the total number of fish and plant species in a habitat -- affects the ecosystems that nourish marine species.
In coastal areas, the study linked the regional loss of biodiversity with a decline of viable fisheries and impaired "nursery" habitats such as wetlands and seagrass beds, which shelter young fish.
Additional Coverage in Newsday - "Stability of marine life in severe danger"
Op-Ed in NY Times - "The fishing industry lobbies Congress for the right to overfish. "
Image A - Crab Meadow, LI
Image B - RPA Map of Wetland Losses