The Blog Aquatic » sandy http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:32:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Join Us For a Day of Action to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/12/04/join-us-for-a-day-of-action-to-help-those-affected-by-hurricane-sandy/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/12/04/join-us-for-a-day-of-action-to-help-those-affected-by-hurricane-sandy/#comments Tue, 04 Dec 2012 18:11:41 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=3749

Just over a month has passed since Hurricane Sandy rattled the Northeast, and locals are still feeling its dramatic impact. Between devastated shorelines, homes and businesses along the East Coast, Sandy continues to affect millions of Americans.

With many beaches still reeling from the hurricane, Ocean Conservancy is teaming up with Clean Ocean Action to partake in an ocean cleanup along the waterfront at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York on December 8.

The Jones Beach cleanup will last from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in Field 2 of the State Park, and all participants should make sure to dress appropriately in addition to bringing hats and gloves.

The cleanup is just one of many going on throughout the day along devastated beaches in New York and New Jersey as part of an effort called “Waves of Action,” which aims to help with coastal recovery efforts.

Whether or not your town was affected by Sandy, there are still many communities in the mid-Atlantic region that are suffering from this storm’s unprecedented effects. Join Ocean Conservancy and Clean Ocean Action on December 8 to help restore these beachfront communities as quickly as possible.

Ocean Conservancy would like to thank the sponsors of the Jones Beach cleanup, LandShark Lager and Altria, who stepped in on short notice to help provide funding for the event.

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Rebuilding The Places We Love After The Storms That Change Our Lives http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/11/01/rebuilding-the-places-we-love-after-the-storms-that-change-our-lives/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/11/01/rebuilding-the-places-we-love-after-the-storms-that-change-our-lives/#comments Thu, 01 Nov 2012 20:15:43 +0000 Bethany Kraft http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=3403 I live in a world where time is marked by the storms that alter the face of the landscape and change people’s lives: Betsy, Camille, Frederick, Opal, Ivan, Katrina, Isaac. Hurricanes are a fact of life in the Gulf, and I feel confident in saying that folks on the Gulf Coast are sending their thoughts and prayers to those most severely affected by Hurricane Sandy because we understand the extent of the work and time it will take to recover.  We will nod our heads in understanding when you start a sentence five years from now with “Before Hurricane Sandy” because that’s how we speak, too.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, there was a lot of talk about the city of New Orleans and its vulnerability to hurricanes and flooding. Some people even said that the city shouldn’t be rebuilt, that it would be a waste of resources to build back in a place hanging on by a fingernail to the last fringes of marsh that are losing ground every day to a hungry and unforgiving sea.

Perhaps people will say the same of the coastal communities devastated by Sandy. Then again, in a year marked by devastating droughts, wildfires and other disasters, it seems like there is no place left to run. We may as well stand our ground and fight for the places we love. And so, when the shock has worn off, when the debris has been cleared away, when the news cameras are gone, people will begin the long task of rebuilding in the wide swath of destruction Sandy left behind. And we will continue with the task of rebuilding here along the Gulf, creating a kinship and solidarity across geographic divides and thousands of miles. We are all in this together.

If there is anything that living along the coast has taught me, it is that we are tiny and powerless in the face of something as untamed as Nature, and that despite our best efforts to engineer her into submission over the last 100 years, we can never fully engineer the wild out of wildness. Levees, seawalls, jetties and bulkheads–these engineered structures may provide some measure of protection and help us to feel safe and secure, but we would do well to remember that sometimes Nature has already figured out the solution, and we just have to let it work.

Rebuilding will happen. It has to happen. But we need to rebuild more than our homes and schools and roads. We need to rebuild the wetlands and the oyster reefs, and protect the dunes that protect us when the waters rise and the winds howl. I don’t believe in restoration of our natural resources because it’s nice to have trees and beaches. I do it because

I do it because restoring our natural resources is a life or death proposition. Without them, we are building castles in the sand. And we’ll have to keep building them over and over. Out of the tragedy of storms like Katrina and Isaac and Sandy comes an opportunity to rebuild the very things that make life on the fringes so beautiful and precious.

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News Roundup: What Can We Learn From Hurricane Sandy? http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/10/30/news-roundup-what-can-we-learn-from-hurricane-sandy/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2012/10/30/news-roundup-what-can-we-learn-from-hurricane-sandy/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:04:25 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=3379

Hurricane Sandy as viewed on October 29, Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by Sandy this morning, especially those on the New Jersey coast and New York where the damage was particularly acute.

Sandy, which packed 90 mile-per-hour winds and dumped 12 inches of rain and snow across states ranging from New Jersey to Kentucky, was declared to be something other than a hurricane. It was, forecasters said, a post-tropical storm that combined with other weather systems to stretch 1,000 miles wide and create storm surges up to 11 feet.

As we catch up on our work and get back up to speed, here are some takes on Sandy from around the web that we’re finding particularly insightful. If you have stories to share, please leave them in the comments below:

An Oyster in the Storm, The New York Times. As the storm came ashore yesterday in New Jersey, Four Fish author Paul Greenberg reminded us that nature can be a strong defense against major storms. Oysters, he says, “once protected New Yorkers from storm surges, a bivalve population that numbered in the trillions and that played a critical role in stabilizing the shoreline from Washington to Boston.”

Superstorm Sandy, by the Numbers, NBCNews.com. From the number of states affected to the total snowfall, NBC News provides a “by the numbers” look at this historic storm. FEMA’s estimates for potential wind damage caused by the storm: $2.5-$3 billion. And that’s without accounting for the massive flooding experienced in New Jersey and New York.

Assessing the Damage from Hurricane Sandy, The New York Times. The Times has a series of interactive graphics, photos and social media updated chronicling the magnitude of the storms effects, from power failures, to wind damage, to massive flooding.

Hurricane Hunters, NOAA Ocean Today. NOAA has a video profile of its “hurricane hunters” who fly into hurricanes to collect data on the storms. While satellites can track their movement, meteorologists and researchers need to sample hurricanes directly to get the most accurate information about them.

Slow Moving Hurricanes Such as Sandy on the Rise, New ScientistNew Scientist chronicles how and why slow moving, damaging storms like Sandy may be the new normal. The combination of warming seas, rising sea levels and our penchant for building cities along our coasts means we’re likely to see more damage from storms like this in the future.

Sandy, Unspent, Moves Toward Great Lakes, The Christian Science Monitor. Sandy moved over Western Pennsylvania today and headed to the Great Lakes, where it is expected to dump at least a foot of rain and create swells on Lakes Michigan and Huron that could reach 35 feet.

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