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Urban Coast Institute Receives $67,000 Grant From Dickinson Foundation

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The Urban Coast Institute (UCI) at Monmouth University has received a $67,000 grant from the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation to continue its efforts in post Superstorm Sandy community assistance, regional flood elevation, and water quality monitoring.

The funds will support a new water level monitoring station for the Shrewsbury River Flood Warning System, continued water quality monitoring efforts in coastal New Jersey, and the acquisition of an inspection class remote operated vehicle (ROV). The ROV will help in post Sandy cleanup efforts in local waterways, and facilitate the removal of lost crab, fish, and lobster pots in the area.

For more information, contact Monmouth University Marine Scientist Jim Nickels at 732-263-5686 or

The UCI was established in September 2005 as one of the University's Centers of Distinction. UCI's mission is to serve the public interest as a forum for research, education, and collaboration that fosters the application of the best available science and policy to support healthy and productive coastal ecosystems and sustainable coastal communities. For more information, visit

Marine Scientist Jim Nickels demonstrates ROV to Marc Panzitta and his son Marc of Toms River at an open house at Monmouth University.  The ROV was acquired by Monmouth University through a grant from the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation and will help in post Superstorm Sandy cleanup efforts in local waterways.   - Jim Reme