Do you have a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard? We’re looking for paddling enthusiasts to help collect important data about the condition of shorelines along the Barnegat Bay. With many miles of shoreline, our scientists can’t do it alone – we need the help of volunteers like you!
First launched by the Barnegat Bay Partnership in 2015, “Paddle for the Edge” has become an annual event. So far, volunteers have collected more than 3,600 data points with their smartphones, while enjoying a great time out on the water. The data provide valuable information about the state of the bay’s marshes and help guide future research and restoration projects.
This summer’s “Paddle for the Edge” event will take place from June 29 through July 21. Volunteer paddlers can spend just a few hours on the water anytime during these dates to record some basic information using a smartphone app.
Interested? The first step is to attend one of the following training sessions to learn how to collect the data:
June 8 (10:00 a.m. to noon) at the Toms River Library;
June 10 (6:00-8:00 p.m.) at the Lacey Library;
June 11 (6:00-8:00 p.m.) at the Toms River Library; and
June 15 (10:00 a.m. to noon) at the Tuckerton Seaport.
Visit our Paddle for the Edge webpage for more information and to register for a 2019 training session.
Questions? Email Paddle4TheEdge@gmail.com.