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Mordecai Land Trust
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The mission of the Mordecai Land Trust (MLT) is to protect the ecologically valuable flora and fauna species on Mordecai Island. This includes stopping shoreline loss due to erosion from wind and nearby boat wakes. The southwestern corner has been most vulnerable due to fetch and its closeness to intracoastal vessel wakes.
Conventional technologies using coir fiber biologs were first tried. Their rigid anchoring system failed due to the poor soil conditions and destructive wave vibrations from the bay. Undeterred, the MLT tried again and succeeded in 2010 with a breakwater using polypropylene geotextile tubes filled with 1000 tons of sand. Integral with their permit, the MLT is responsible for the maintenance of the breakwater, what the Army Corps of Engineers refers to as “maintenance of a legally permitted structure”. The tubes attenuate wave forces and accrete sand and sediment behind them, in time building the island section back to its 1977 tidal boundaries. The ideal maintenance program is to let Mother Nature heal itself. It is not only cost effective; it is one of the guiding concepts in the design of Living Shorelines.
Protecting the tubes with a colony of living organisms that can withstand the forces of nature and boating damage and which can heal itself is insurance against costly repairs. Doing it with a natural covering of shellfish and marine biota that grows with sea level rise addresses the spirit and goals of sustainability. This is the definition of a Living Breakwater. It is New Jersey’s relative to a tropical reef which performs many beneficial functions, not the least of which is attenuating the force of waves. It’s nature’s resilient way of protecting an adjacent beach from erosion. A Living Breakwater is an integral component of a Living Shoreline. Continue reading Ribbed Mussel Program→
We’re constantly bombarded by new terms. In the environmental field, concepts are given abstract names that are redefined daily depending on the view of the beholder. Sustainability is such a term used today to embrace our desire to maintain our environment for the future. Or as the definition goes “Sustainability is the ability to continue a defined behavior indefinitely.”
However, the definition of sustainability on Mordecai Island falls short in light of rising sea levels. Our islands in Barnegat Bay are growing at a rate slightly lower than sea level rise. It follows that sustainability on Mordecai Island must go beyond maintaining status quo.
Our projects partner with Mother Nature in order to protect the island from man and sea level rise through leverage. Leverage happens when two or more activities synergize to create growth beyond the norm. It is well known that symbiotic relationships exist between species on our island. Our job is to nudge these relationships along.
“Sustainability is the ability to continue a defined behavior indefinitely.”
What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time we were about to embark on a Capital Campaign to raise an additional $200,000 toward our local cost share for the Mordecai Island Coastal Wetlands Restoration Project (“Breakwater Project”). The contributions to the Capital Campaign had a terrific response. Our fundraisers were made possible by the support of an army of dedicated volunteers and the community at large. Last summer was the summer of Mordecai.
The Southwestern Mordecai Environmental Restoration II project incorporated the installation of 560 feet of geotubes filled with sand to act as a breakwater in the effort to protect the adjacent Mordecai island shoreline from further wave erosion. A secondary goal has been to allow accretion of material behind the tubes in order to rebuild that section of the island to its 1977 dimensions. To date, the geotubes are performing up to expectations with little or no maintenance required. Their intertidal surfaces are covered with a healthy growth of bladderwrack seaweed and barnacles with accompanying
periwinkles and small forage fish. In a way, a living breakwater already exists here, protecting the island, but not itself.
Oyster spat will be growing in a new upweller this summer on Norwood Avenue in Beach Haven, thanks to the efforts of Mike Davis, past MLT president, and MLT member Wes Heilman.
A ReClam the Bay upweller will give us the opportunity to raise oysters from spat to a size where they can be placed around Mordecai Island in bags that will begin to create a natural reef. Why oysters rather than clams? Oysters filter far more water than clams and they do Continue reading NEW OYSTER UPWELLER FOR MORDECAI→