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Hurricane Sandy is making it abundantly clear how much storm energy woods & wetlands can absorb. Out on the creek, I was almost blown backwards by the hard driving northeasterly winds.  But less than a 1/2 mile away its quiet & the water has risen 1/2 as much as in the exposed areas. A good rule of thumb for coastal development. Preserve & protect as many woods & wetlands as you can.

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Intersection of Oceanport Blvd & E. Main Street is closed. Water coming over East Main Street on the east side of the bridge as well.

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Winds still coming very strong out of the northeast.

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Winds hard out of the northeast.

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West End Beach, Long Branch about 8:30am on 10-28-12.

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Southerly storm, but the winds are driving hard out of the north.

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Recently the 106 acre George H. Urban farm in West Deptford Township was preserved via the efforts of Gloucester County Freeholder Robert Damminger. The newly preserved farm sits adjacent to 42 acres of previously preserved open space and has been owned and farmed by the same family since 1938. Over the course of its history the Urban farm has produced watermelon, tomatoes and asparagus and been a key part of the agricultural landscape of the South Jersey river towns. During his time in office, Freeholder Damminger has helped to preserve 17,690 acres of farmland and open space across Gloucester County.

This local announcement came a week after New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fisher and State Senate President Steve Sweeney announced a major milestone in the New Jersey Farmland Preservation Program, the acquisition of 200,00 acres of preserved farmland across New Jersey.

Local efforts like Freeholder Damminger’s in West Deptford contribute greatly to the state’s efforts to continue to preserve New Jersey farmlands and ensure that farming remains a viable economic activity throughout New Jersey.

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