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Bits & Pieces April 23, 2014

It’s not too late to join us and be part of the Barnegat Bay Cleanup!

Friday, April 25th – 9:00 AM – Intersection of Veeder Lane and Bayview Ave.

On Friday April 25, volunteers from Berkeley Shores are asked to assist in this environmental cleanup. The areas proposed for a cleanup of trash and recyclables, all within Berkeley Shores, include: Allen Road along the marsh area; Allen Road beach; Bayview Ave., north of Veeder Lane along the marsh area; Veeder Lane from Bayview Ave. west to Moorage Avenue; and the marsh area at the end of Elm Street.

We will meet in the open lot at the intersection of Veeder Lane and Bayview Ave. at 9:00 A.M. and break into teams, depending on the number of participants. Garbage bags will be provided. If we have enough volunteers we should be complete by noon. If you are able to help you can still contact me via e-mail at

Thank you in advance .

John Schnitzer, Environmental Director

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2013/14 BSHCA Membership drive results encouraging!!

"BSHCA's 2013/14 membership year final figures rank as one of the best membership drives in the past 5 years" (see chart below), said Ken Gerb, BSHCA Membership Director

Now we begin our annual membership drive for the 2014/15 membership year, starting June 1, 2014. In the weeks ahead we will be mailing out renewal notices. We have set a goal of at least a 20% increase in members! We are asking all members of BSHCA to contact their friends and neighbors, who currently are not members, and ask them to join.

Remember, your membership dues are used to fund the following:








Barnegat Bay Hazard Notice


The state has removed navigational buoys in the Barnegat Bay's Double Creek Inlet Channel due to severe post-Superstorm Sandy shoaling that has created a severe hazard, according to a release from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

With the closure, boaters are advised to use the Federal Oyster Creek Channel, denoted by buoy markers #35 and #40, as the primary entrance into the Barnegat Bay, the release said. The Double Creek Inlet Channel remains marked from the inlet side to the fishing grounds (old buoy set 15 and 16), where boaters are still permitted.

But mariners should be aware that shifting sediment is impacting the entire Barnegat Bay, according to the release, and may reference U.S. Coast Pilot #3 for additional information regarding the shifting sediments in the area.

In March, the NJDOT announced the commencement of the multi-year, multi-million dollar State Channel Dredging Program that will return New Jersey’s waterways affected by Superstorm Sandy to a state of good repair.

During the planning and engineering process for the expected dredging of the Double Creek Channel later this year, the NJDOT Office of Maritime Resources found that extreme siltation and shifting sediments were severely affecting management efforts in the inlet area, the release said.

Accordingly, state and federal agencies are working to determine where priority dredging can occur as soon as possible, according to the release. Dredge material placement in the area is restricted to protect important bird nesting habitats. The priority dredging work is expected to be done in phases.

To address post-Sandy dredging needs, the state is working with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Engineer Research and Development Center to coordinate inlet management and determine a best channel and dredged material management strategy, the release said. The Richard Stockton College Coastal Research Center will provide expert guidance and monitoring of sand shifting in the inlet area.








Atlantic City, NJ July 11~13, 2014

It's that time again - time to start organizing BSHCA'S annual boat trip to Atlantic City... and the folks over at Farley State Marina at the Golden Nugget are thrilled to have us back. Here are the vitals...

Date: Friday, July 11, 2014 - Sunday July 13, 2014
Place Farley State Marina, Golden Nugget Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ
Website and Info: Farley
Dock Layout: DOCKS

As in the past, we are pleased to be invited to be a part of CLUB SEA RAY, who is the major sponsor of this trip. They are a great bunch of boaters who have been extremely gracious to BSCHA over the years.

All interested boaters should SIGN UP by contacting:

Ken Gerb, BSHCA boat trip organizer, @

Don' miss out!! Space is limited! SIGN UP TODAY!

NEW BOAT TRIP FACEBOOK PAGE!!! Our friends at Club Sea Ray have started a FB page about the annual trip. All BSCHA members are invited to check it out and "LIKE" it. It should be viewable to people even if they're not "on" Facebook. However, you do need to have your own FB page to post thoughts and pix.

Click here to visit the FaceBook page






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