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Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home's issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey's one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won't rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won't have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Ocean, it's no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.

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The Healthy Way Difference

At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won't be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren't like anybody else's, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won't find any "one-size-fits-all" solutions here, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

  • Best warranties in the industry
  • Free initial inspection
  • Full-service basement waterproofing
  • Mold remediation
  • Foundation repair
  • Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation

Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.

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With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can't handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We're talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home's value and your family's health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:

  • Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
  • Mildew residue
  • Water stains on your foundation's walls and floors
  • Erosion of your concrete
  • Mineral deposits found on pipes
  • Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
  • Pooling water around your foundation's interior
  • Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
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Basement Waterproofing in Ocean

Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn't in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement's water-related problems.

Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.

Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.

Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:

  • Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
  • Basement flooding
  • Loss of valuables
  • Serious water damage to your home's walls and floors
  • Decrease in home value

Don't wait to address the moisture developing in your basement - call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.

What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?

It's easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don't know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Ocean:

Clay Bowl Effect

The "Clay Bowl" Effect

It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or "bowl" effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic Pressure:

This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.

How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs

Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:

  • Sump pumps
  • Perimeter drainage systems
  • Doorway drainage systems
  • High-strength washer hoses
  • Floor and wall crack repair
  • Replacement windows
  • Flood protection for your water heater

When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home's value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.

The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process

Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a "prevention over repair" mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We're not in the business of putting a "Band-Aid" on your water problem - we want to fix your issue completely, so you don't have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:

Interior Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing

Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don't usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing

Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home's foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren't clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home's foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.

Exterior Waterproofing

Drainage Systems

One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you're thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn't retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it's best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.

WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Because every home is different, it's hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor's. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you're having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.

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GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME

Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won't do the work!

If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.

Don't let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!

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Long walks to get to the ocean at Jersey shore sparked Delco native’s invention

WEST CHESTER — The summer of 2022 turned out to contain a bevy of lucrative days on the beach for Ridley Township native Mike Mogan. His recent invention of a motorized beach cart called e-Beach Wagon took beach-goers by storm this summer.The design inspiration came from his desire for more stress-free family beach days with his wife, Tara, and their two young children, son Miles, 2, and daughter Stevie, 1, when they vacation in Cape May, N.J.In addition to his own struggles carting the family’s beach accessories, M...

WEST CHESTER — The summer of 2022 turned out to contain a bevy of lucrative days on the beach for Ridley Township native Mike Mogan. His recent invention of a motorized beach cart called e-Beach Wagon took beach-goers by storm this summer.

The design inspiration came from his desire for more stress-free family beach days with his wife, Tara, and their two young children, son Miles, 2, and daughter Stevie, 1, when they vacation in Cape May, N.J.

In addition to his own struggles carting the family’s beach accessories, Mogan also saw other beach-goers balancing their young children and belongings, as they navigated their way down to their spot on the sand.

“It all started with taking our dog Winnie to Higbee Beach in Cape May, N.J.,” Mogan recalled. “Tara would pack so much stuff and the dog, and there’s a 200-yard walk to get to the beach. I was tired of dragging all the gear in one of those fold-up wagons with hard wheels. I started thinking about an electric beach wagon then. Later, when my first child was born, I started digging deeper into it. I found only one company making electric beach wagons and was convinced I could make one better and less expensive.”

Mogan’s former dream turned into a profitable reality this summer.

The e-Beach Wagon holds up to 300 pounds, can travel up to 6 miles per hour, and has removable railings to simplify loading and unloading its contents.

Since it sports an electric motor, the wagon also has the bonus of containing dual USB ports to charge devices. The e-wagon’s aluminum frame has tubes built into each corner that can be used to hold fishing rods, poles of a beach volleyball net, an umbrella or a flagpole.

Also setting the e-Beach Wagon apart from other wagons are its low-pressure balloon tires that make it possible to almost effortlessly glide across dunes, shells and sand.

The e-Beach Wagon’s isn’t limited to summer beach trips, Mogan says. The e-Beach Wagon can be used year-round for yard work, transporting children, and in many other ways. Mogan said some of his best customers are young families, the elderly, beach homeowners, and people who frequent the beach often.

“We’re also discovering there’s a huge market for people with disabilities,” he added.

The e-Beach Wagon took several years to bring from a good idea in Mogan’s head to a durable product that basically sells itself when people discover its everyday usefulness and how “easy peasy” it is to operate.

“I built my prototype in about a month, preparing for our summer vacation in 2020,” Mogan shared. “After vacation, I made some upgrades that took another month. Then we decided to make it a business and hired a product development team to run the design using my concept. Product development started in November 2020. The prototype was completed by summer 2021. Afterward, we started sourcing a manufacturer and began sampling. More design tweaks were made during sampling, so the design wasn’t perfected until the beginning of 2022. We are patent pending in the U.S. and China, and anticipate receiving design patents soon.”

Mogan, a 1996 graduate of Ridley High School, attended the Florida Institute of Technology and Temple University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering.

The professional engineer is licensed in Pennsylvania and Delaware, specializing in highway design. He just recently resigned from Rybinski Engineering as a business line manager in Design to dedicate more time to e-Beach Wagon. Tara is handling the marketing side of their business.

Mogan said he was most influenced by his late father, Mike Sr., who was always tinkering with things around their Ridley home.

“My dad and I built many things together while I was growing up,” Mogan said. “Some of our larger projects included a concrete patio so I could park my first car, a 1969 Mustang, a snake enclosure in our garage because my mom wouldn’t allow my snake in the house, projects like replacing the HVAC or fixing a leak in the ceiling, or building numerous Halloween props in the fall like a guillotine, coffin or flying dummy.”

The creative engineer is not new to inventing. He also has a utility patent on a “CustACan” beverage can insulator. Also, many ideas for e-Beach Wagon upgrades and accessories are already swirling in the inventor’s mind.

However, it’s the e-Beach Wagon that has garnered the inventor the most attention as word spreads about the electric wagon’s ease, versatility and usefulness.

Mogan said that while he walked to the beach, his mother, Genevieve Mogan, has ridden in the back of the e-Beach Wagon, speaking with people along the way who are curious about the never-seen-before product.

His proud mom and sisters Rose and Tara have all helped to get the word out about the engineer’s invention, because they’ve seen for themselves what an asset the wagon would be to own.

“Our family and friends are our biggest advocates,” Mogan smiled. “Especially our kids and our dog, who love it and enjoy going for wagon rides, even when it doesn’t involve going to the beach!”

For more information or to purchase the e-Beach Wagon, visit https://ebeachwagon.com or call 855-E-WAGONS (855-392-4667).

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Wednesday NJ weather: Summer ends with one more nice, warm day

Happy last full day of summer. We are about to "fall" into fall, as the Autumnal Equinox officially arrives on Thursday evening at 9:04 p.m.And a strong cold front will lead to a big weather transition as the season changes. This forecast progresses from warmth on Wednesday, to rain on Thursday, to a chilly autumn wind on Friday.The time for swimming pools, shorts, and air conditioning is about to come to an end. Have the umbrella handy for Thursday. And then get those jackets and hoodies ready for Friday and beyond....

Happy last full day of summer. We are about to "fall" into fall, as the Autumnal Equinox officially arrives on Thursday evening at 9:04 p.m.

And a strong cold front will lead to a big weather transition as the season changes. This forecast progresses from warmth on Wednesday, to rain on Thursday, to a chilly autumn wind on Friday.

The time for swimming pools, shorts, and air conditioning is about to come to an end. Have the umbrella handy for Thursday. And then get those jackets and hoodies ready for Friday and beyond.

Soak in the sunshine, with some fair-weather clouds dotting the sky Wednesday. Just like Tuesday.

And temperatures will be fairly similar too. We're starting out in the 50s (inland) and 60s (cities and coast). High temperatures will reach the lower 80s for most of the state Wednesday afternoon. That is about 5 to 10 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Even Wednesday night stays pretty quiet. A stray shower is possible, especially in North Jersey. Otherwise, expect increasing clouds and increasing humidity. It's probably going to feel a bit sticky, with low temperatures averaging upper 60s by Thursday morning.

Everyone in New Jersey will get wet. You'll probably need the umbrella and windshield wipers for a few hours. But it will not be a total washout. And I really don't need to ring alarm bells for potential severe thunderstorms, flooding, and/or wind.

Raindrops will likely begin in North Jersey before sunrise Thursday morning. The wet weather will then progress toward the southern coast by Thursday late afternoon. So, in the "middle" of the state, you'll see rain through the "middle" of the day. There could be some stronger storm cells and pockets of heavier rain along the way. Rainfall totals will probably average a half-inch statewide.

In general, it just won't be a pretty day. Mostly cloudy, wet, and eventually breezy.

High temperatures on Thursday are tricky, dependent on the arrival time of the rain and the (eventual) cooler air. North Jersey will probably be stuck in the 60s all day. Most of NJ will peak in the 70s. South Jersey might touch 80 degrees, before temps tumble into the 70s too.

By dinnertime Thursday, we should start to see some clearing overhead. And temperatures will tumble. If skies clear fast enough and dew points drop far enough, we could see widespread 40s across interior New Jersey by Friday morning. Back to jacket weather!

40s and 50s in the morning. And highs will only reach the lower to mid 60s. It's not just going to feel like fall, it's going to be a positively October-ish day.

Skies will be mostly sunny. And the wind will be brisk and blustery, blowing out of the northwest between 15 and 25 mph. Occasional gusts over 30 mph are possible.

Our weather settles down as we dive into the first weekend of autumn. But Saturday will still have a definitive "fall fell" in the air.

Under partly sunny skies, high temps should improve to about 70 degrees. Winds will be considerably lighter. And both our weather and air will be completely dry.

Clouds roll back in Sunday. And we're warming up again, to the upper 70s (at least).

One hiccup for Sunday will be a few rain showers in the afternoon and early evening hours.

High temperatures settle into the 70s for early next week. Good looking weather as we look toward the end of September.

The Atlantic has fired up so much, tropical weather deserves its own section in this morning's weather blog post!

Major Hurricane Fiona is packing maximum sustained winds of 130 mph — Category Four on the Saffir-Simpson scale. It is scraping along the eastern edge of the Bahamas on Wednesday, aiming for Bermuda next. And then potentially making landfall in eastern Canada this weekend.

Fiona is going to spit out some big surf and swell, dramatically churning up the waves along the Jersey Shore over the coming days. (I'm glad the weather is turning cooler, so the beaches become far less popular.)

Tropical Storm Gaston is way out in the Atlantic, heading toward the Azores and eventually Europe. Little chance of intensifying. And no threat to North America.

Finally, a strong tropical wave will pass from the Atlantic to the Caribbean over the next 24 hours. It is expected to organize into a tropical storm and possibly a hurricane in the coming days. (The next name on the Atlantic hurricane list is Hermine.)

That storm is absolutely worth watching, as it could have impacts on the U.S. within the week. Lots of directions it could go, ranging from the Gulf Coast to the Carolinas. And most of those options could have some weather/surf impact on New Jersey within 7 to 10 days. Stay tuned on this one — hurricane season is far from over.

Dan Zarrow is Chief Meteorologist for Townsquare Media New Jersey. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter for the latest forecast and realtime weather updates.

Beloved Ocean County, NJ Café Permanently Closing At The End Of September

Another Jersey Shore business bites the dust.I am sick of closing announcements. They make me depressed.But I will tell you so you have all the information.According to APP.com, Serenity Café in on Route 37 in Toms River has announced that they will be closing permanently on Friday, September 30th of this year.Owners, Greg and Jeanne...

Another Jersey Shore business bites the dust.

I am sick of closing announcements. They make me depressed.

But I will tell you so you have all the information.

According to APP.com, Serenity Café in on Route 37 in Toms River has announced that they will be closing permanently on Friday, September 30th of this year.

Owners, Greg and Jeannette Manning, unveiled the news via Serenity Cafe's social media pages:

"I knew that at some point in our life this day would come, and it would be the end of over (two) decades of working and living in the Toms River area," Greg wrote. "But the thought of the end of Serenity? That’s a tough one to imagine, although life must move forward."

"We have been here for over 10 years, and what a decade it has been," he continued. "Our highs and lows, Serenity has seen them all. I speak of her (Serenity) as if she is a living thing, and for me, she is and will always be a part of me."

Sheesh. Thanks for the afternoon sob session, Greg.

Two silver linings that I have to tell you about.

The first is that as I am writing this, we have ten more days of Serenity Café being in business.

Now is the time to sneak in one last dinner or to give them a try for the first time.

According to their website, they offer a unique dining experience with an array of food items including calamari, dumplings, empanadas, filet, salmon and more.

Show them some love, Jersey Shore.

The second piece of news is that a new restaurant is already confirmed to take over the space.

It will be called Dina's Bistro and according to APP.com, it is expected to open sometime this October.

Toms River will never be the same without Serenity Café but the memories they've created for locals will last a lifetime.

Here are some other Italian joints to try after Serenity Café closes.

Water quality at N.J. beaches has been remarkably good this year, data shows

The heat has been sweltering and gas prices hit a peak.But beachgoers in New Jersey do have one thing to be thankful for this summer: the ocean water is much cleaner with fewer incidents where bacteria or other contaminants have been detected at the Jersey Shore.While the Garden State boasts nearly 130 miles of coastline and more than 200 beaches, including river and bay beaches, there...

The heat has been sweltering and gas prices hit a peak.

But beachgoers in New Jersey do have one thing to be thankful for this summer: the ocean water is much cleaner with fewer incidents where bacteria or other contaminants have been detected at the Jersey Shore.

While the Garden State boasts nearly 130 miles of coastline and more than 200 beaches, including river and bay beaches, there have been just 10 “beach incidents” this year, a review by NJ Advance Media of New Jersey Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program’s database found.

A beach incident happens any time a sample — typically taken every Monday at each of the about 200 monitoring stations from just before Memorial Day through Labor Day — contains a high level of contaminants, which places the beach under a swimming advisory. Enterococci is one type of bacteria that is an indicator of possible contamination that can include human or animal waste. The water is tested again the next day and, if the follow-up sample is still above standard, the beach is closed to swimming.

New Jersey beach data figures between 2005 and 2021 — the years available on the state database — ranged between 41 and 245 incidents, with several years exceeding 100. At this time last year, the state had recorded 39 incidents.

“New Jersey has not had an ocean beach closure (due to bacteria testing) in the three previous years and none so far this year, reflecting excellent water quality the state enjoys,” New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Hajna told NJ Advance Media.

The lack of rainfall may be partly the cause of the cleaner water levels, according to experts, because there is less runoff.

Hajna said that data collected before 2004 is not available on the state’s map because of a change in the federal BEACH Act that required samples to be analyzed differently.

“This along with less stringent quality assurance/quality control prior to 2004 can make meaningful comparisons difficult,” he said.

The DEP says swimming in or making contact with polluted water can cause gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, respiratory symptoms like sore throat, cough, runny nose, and sneezing, eye and ear symptoms including irritation, earache, and itchiness, dermatological symptoms like skin rash and itching, and flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills.

A spokesman with the agency said that while the New Jersey Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program compiles the data, which is updated in real time, local health agencies are responsible for conducting the tests.

DEP officials noted that while the total number of beach incidents is a good sign, it’s still premature to comment on whether 2022 is on pace for some of the cleanest water in a year on record.

“In the longer term, we are concerned about the potential impact of climate change on beaches, specifically the potential for more frequent and more intense storms which could impact near shore water quality. The DEP is committed to advancing the science of climate change along the coast and the entire state, advancing solutions that will make the state more resilient to its increasing threats,” a DEP spokesman said.

Swarna Muthukrishnan, a water quality research director with Clean Ocean Action, said the environmental non-profit has also “been observing a healthy trend of good beach water quality compared to some of the results from past years.”

“It is important to note the testing program is limited,” Muthukrishnan added. “The initial sampling occurs on Monday mornings during the summer season, so if it rains AFTER Monday testing pollution events may not be captured. This is a flaw in the system that COA has long raised as an issue of concern.”

The DEP said water quality testing is conducted Mondays because “sanitary sewerage infrastructure is stressed over the weekends” from all the visitors to the Jersey Shore during the summer.

“Monitoring (on Mondays) allows for quick identification of any sanitary sewerage system failures that would impact beach water quality,” an official from the agency added. “The relationship between wet weather and water quality is well established. Monitoring after every rain event would not provide new information or be more protective of public health. Costs associated with sampling after every rain event would be prohibitive and monitoring and reporting would be difficult to coordinate.”

Muthukrishnan said that beaches can also be closed if there is a risk to public health, such as floatable wash-ups (like debris and medical waste) or other discharges.

While there have been no beach closures linked to bacteria-related issues in the past few years, Muthukrishnan noted that last year there were 12 closures due to “floatable debris wash-ups” on four separate occasions, July 11, 14, Aug. 26 and Sept. 1, and “most likely from upstream combined sewage overflow discharges.”

“The beaches were inspected, cleaned, raked, and then opened for the public,” she said.

This week’s rain provided some reprieve but the summer has mostly brought on brazenly hot and dry weather, which could have an impact on water quality levels, officials said.

Drought conditions permeated at least six counties earlier this summer, leading some water companies to impose restrictions on outdoor water usage.

DEP officials said bay and river beaches, that don’t benefit from the natural movement of ocean beaches, can experience water quality issues during heavy rain.

Less rain this season has meant fewer issues, a DEP spokesman said.

In the past month alone, Cape May had greater than 75% below average rain fall, data from the National Weather Service shows. Many other areas, shaded in red on the NWS map, have rainfall totals that are 51% to 75% below normal, and areas shaded in orange have rainfall totals 26% to 50% below normal.

“When you have less rain coming down, less water flows into the ocean from land,” said Meiyin Wu, director of Montclair State University’s Center for Water Science and Technology.

Wu pointed to what Barnegat Bay has experienced in recent years as an example. As urban development ramps up at the bay, which has about 2,500 stormwater basins, so does the likelihood that stormwater could run off hard surfaces of buildings and paved areas carrying pollutants into the waterways.

“The water coming from agriculture and urban development has a higher chance of bringing pathogenic organisms — or bacteria in this case — into the beach area and then mixing with the tidal water. So those inputs will be greatly reduced when there is no stormwater,” Wu said.

While that could be viewed as a positive, Muthukrishnan said some regions have experienced a “deluge of rain” which brings on pollution concerns of its own.

Besides leading to more flooding issues, Penn State Extension warns that too much rainwater can injure plants, compact soil and result in erosion.

Clean Ocean Action is currently gearing up for its “Fall Beach Sweep,” a massive bi-annual beach cleanup that started in 1985 to rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris.

“This is one of the longest running cleanups in the world and takes place at around 70 locations along the Jersey Shore and along the Delaware River in N.J. during the Spring and Fall every year,” Muthukrishnan said. “A few thousand volunteers collect valuable data about the debris using COA’s data card and help clean the beaches from marine litter.”

Each year, the organization’s Beach Sweeps report includes a list of the worst offenders of marine litter: the top twelve most commonly collected items. The 2021 Dirty Dozen is as follows: Plastic caps/lids, plastic pieces, food/candy wrappers/bags, straws/stirrers, cigarette filters, foam pieces, other plastics, paper pieces, plastic beverage bottles, cigar tips, glass pieces, and plastic store/shopping bags.

The next beach sweep is set for Oct. 22. To learn how you can participate visit cleanoceanaction.org/home. Registration is scheduled to open in September, an event organizer said.

Muthukrishnan said even if you’re not volunteering in the beach sweep or other cleanups, there’s plenty of ways residents can help improve water quality conditions at local beaches. Among them: properly disposing of pet waste, not feeding wildlife near waterways and reporting sanitary issues.

Why is picking up after your dog on the street important for the beach?

“Everything is connected. Although its on the street, the stormwater will flow down your street and go into the stormwater drain,” Wu said. “A lot of the time people don’t recognize that, those water drains ... go directly into your river and then into the ocean.”

The likelihood of a problem could be exacerbated, Wu said, for coastal towns abutting the ocean. What’s washed down storm drains from the street there, can sometimes end up right in the nearby ocean, she said.

The DEP’s hotline for environmental emergencies is 877-WARNDEP (877-927-6337). More information on how to report issues can be found here. To peruse the state’s Beach Water Quality and Notification data map click here.

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Lighthouse Film Society to screen "Facing Monsters"

(LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ) -- Lighthouse International Film Society presents a screening of Facing Monsters on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 7:30pm. The screening takes place at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences (120 Long Beach Blvd, Loveladies, NJ). Facing Monsters is a feature-length big wave surf documentary that follows the heavy-water hunting hellman Kerby Brown, but the thing is, this isn’t...

(LONG BEACH ISLAND, NJ) -- Lighthouse International Film Society presents a screening of Facing Monsters on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 7:30pm. The screening takes place at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences (120 Long Beach Blvd, Loveladies, NJ). Facing Monsters is a feature-length big wave surf documentary that follows the heavy-water hunting hellman Kerby Brown, but the thing is, this isn’t just another big wave surf doc.

Like many Aussies, he grew up near the ocean and spent his youth facing mightier and mightier waves, pushing the limits of his body and mind. Facing Monsters peels back the layers and uncovers the mind space of Kerby and why he surfs the waves he does. Addiction, self-destruction and fear of being ‘part of the machine’ seemingly led Kerby to a crossroads of self-demise or deadly waves.

According to Garage Films, “It’s a film about fear, addictions, and family bonds as we explore what drives Kerby, what anchors him, and why he’s obsessed with pitting himself against one of nature’s most intimidating forces.” Kerby Brown must conquer the waves. And the bigger, taller, more powerful, and unpredictable they are, the stronger his burning desire to surf, even if he might be engulfed in them.

Tickets are $10 online / $12 at the door and FREE for LIFS Members! Tickets are available for purchase online. Seating is limited. Advance reservations encouraged & appreciated. Arrive approximately 20 min prior to screening time.

The cameras follow Brown as he surfs where nobody has ever dared to: on and underwater, from a bird’s eye view, and through the eyes of his father and brother, who join him in the water. Behind and between the spectacular sights, the film reveals Brown’s remarkable personality and the difficulties it poses to his family. What monsters will he face on those waves? And will a severe injury cause him to quit?

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Facing Monsters digs deep into the psyche of West Australian surfer Kerby Brown, a man whose connection with the ocean runs as deep as his love for his family. Far more than just a surfing story, it's an unapologetic musing into the essence of Kerby and his family as we join them on his quest to ride a ferocious slab wave in the deep Southern Ocean that no one on the planet has surfed before.

The unconditional love of family and family support is felt through the screen as it naturally falls into place. Kerby's brother Cortney whose adoration for his brother pops right out.He is Kerby's wingman and the wind beneath his sails and the centerpiece of the film. Kerby's father is another deep aspect to the film, as his father's musical talent is a constant throughout the film as he voices his regrets. The family relationships will touch you deeply as will the beautiful cinematography by Rick Rifici.

Featuring stunning cinematography by Rick Rifici (Breath, Blueback), we are right there with Kerby immersed in the ferocity of the Southern Ocean and the thunder of its deadly monsters as he prepares to take on the ride of his life, We become part of Kerby’s journey into the unknown as Facing Monsters transports viewers to places and feelings never before experienced on the big screen. This film will take your breath away. You will be mesmerized by the cinematography and touched by the story.

LIFSociety would like to thank their sponsors Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Foundation and South End Surf and Paddle for their support.

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