The Barnegat Bay Partnership is seeking paddling enthusiasts – kayakers, canoeists and standup paddleboarders – to help collect data about the condition of shorelines along the bay as part of Paddle for the Edge 2019. “With many miles of shoreline, their scientists can’t do it alone – we need the help of citizen science volunteers,” the nonprofit explained.
Since Paddle for the Edge first launched in 2015, participants have documented more than 3,600 data points with their smartphones. As the BBP noted, “The data provide information about the state of the bay’s marshes, and help guide future research and restoration projects.”
This summer’s event runs June 29 through July 21. Volunteer paddlers need only spend a few hours on the water, anytime during those dates, to record basic information for the shoreline study.
Those interested in volunteering are required to first attend one of the following training sessions: 10 a.m. to noon on June 8 at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 6 to 8 p.m. on June 10 at the Lacey branch of the library, 6 to 8 p.m. on June 11 at Toms River library branch, or 10 a.m. to noon on June 15 at the Tuckerton Seaport.
Visit barnegatbaypartnership.org to register for a training session and to learn more about Paddle for the Edge. Direct any questions about the event to Paddle4TheEdge@gmail.com.