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The Urbanization of Barnegat Bay

Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Health and Future of New Jersey’s Treasured Estuary?

Featuring a Screening of the Documentary Drift

Friday, April 22, 6 p.m. (Doors Open at 5 p.m.)
Monmouth University, Pollak Theatre
Free & Open to the Public (Registration Required

Join us Earth Day, April 22, for a screening of Drift, a documentary exploring 50 years of growing pains on Barnegat Bay, followed by an expert panel discussion looking toward the future for the state’s largest body of water and its surrounding communities. The film was produced by the nonprofit Save Barnegat Bay and directed by Monmouth University Production Services Director Erin Fleming. The film crew included Monmouth students working in many of the key positions. At 7:30 p.m., Fleming will moderate a discussion with these panelists to explore the issues introduced in the film in greater depth:

  • Jason Adolf, Endowed Professor of Marine Science, Monmouth University
  • Catherine Duckett, Associate Dean, School of Science, Monmouth University
  • Tom Herrington, Associate Director, Urban Coast Institute
  • Graceanne Taylor, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Save Barnegat Bay
  • John Tiedemann, Assistant Dean, School of Science and Director, Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy Program, Monmouth University

Drift Synopsis

Barnegat Bay is an estuary — a convergence of fresh water from rivers and creeks with salt water from the Atlantic. It is one of the most productive ecosystems in the country. It is the stage on which species play out life’s performance to reproduce, restore, relax. It is unrepeatable. This film speaks to the past 50 years of human activity on the bay and the concerns engulfing the estuary. Varying issues voiced by scientific experts are embedded in stories designed to connect with all of the stakeholders on the bay; fishermen, boaters, hunters, tradesmen, and residents. Whether trumpeting the negative impact of invasive species such as bay nettles, or the glorious return of the once-decimated coastal raptors such as osprey, the film moves from topic to topic in a stirring and breathtaking manner. The message is clear: we all must be unabated in our efforts to protect this natural wonder for ourselves, for wildlife, and for future generations. (Runtime: 80 minutes)

Questions? If you would like to pose a question to the panel about the future of Barnegat Bay, please write your question in the registration form.

For more information about the film or event, contact Erin Fleming at

Drift - 600,000 people. 156 Species. 1 Bay.