THANKS TO YOU, OUR MEMBERSHIP,
WE CAN CONTINUE OUR PROGRAMS TO
PROTECT MORDECAI ISLAND!
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Mordecai Land Trust
P.O. Box 1414, Beach Haven, NJ 08008
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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.”