David Freidman and Chris Smith have been advocating, researching, and questioning the conditions of the Barnegat Bay and how development is changing that ecological condition. After years of passionate work, the DEP is finally buying in big to SAVE THE BAY!
David Freidman, retired director of the Ocean County Soil Conservation District, and soil scientist Chris Smith have been advocates of the Bay for over 20 years ago. Their passion for advocation of the Barnegat Bay and years of questioning the true efforts of legislative acts that are supposed to be saving the Bay have led to more governmental support for Barnegat Bay. Their work, especially, on storm water systems and developmental damage to the soil has put the Barnegat Bay on the map for more regulation on development that is destroying land that could potentially hold up to 15 inches of water per hour, “a hurricane-size deluge” Freidman says. Now, the State Department of Environmental Protection is putting out over $10 million in restructuring of storm water systems to protect the Bay!