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Conserving Our Coast Symposium

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Interest continues to build in the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology seafloor mapping efforts on the inner shelf off the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area and off the south shore of Long Island, NY.

On April 8-9, Bill Schwab (WHFC) and Jeff Williams (Reston) were invited to attend a symposium/workshop on "Conserving Our Coast: New Vision: New Strategies," sponsored by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The purpose of this collaborative symposium was to examine the long-term conservation of Long Island's south shore barrier-island and estuarine system. The TNC and EDF organized the symposium as a forum for coastal scientists and decision-makers to analyze the processes that sustain the system and its bio-diversity and to develop a new, long-term vision for shoreline management.

Attending the symposium were representatives of Congress (House and Senate), Federal and State Agencies, local planners, academia, and concerned citizens groups. Bill Schwab was asked to present the findings of recent C&MP mapping activities along the inner shelf of the Fire Island barrier-island system. His talk focused on sand availability, sand transport, and coastal-management implications. Although a diverse group, there was consensus that more scientific information is needed for better shoreline management.

Geologic mapping and monitoring efforts (similar to those conducted by C&MP in conjunction with numerical modeling efforts performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [ACE)] to understand the behavior of inlets better) were used as examples of the types of investigations that should be continued, if not expanded. The C&MP investigations along southern Long Island, which are cost-shared by the USGS and the ACE, were used as an example of the types of cooperation and coordination between Federal Agencies that need to be expanded. Results of the symposium will be presented as a white paper by the TNC within the next few weeks.

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