Glad I Don’t Live in “Jersey”

Like Gilda Radner said, It’s always something. One day it’s plague-infested mice, the next it’s exploding beach debris

SURF CITY, N.J. Back when World War I was winding down, Navy ships patrolling the New Jersey coast found themselves with leftover ammunition and no targets.

So they dumped it all overboard, probably thinking the fuses and other ordnance would never be seen or heard from again.

They were wrong. Nearly 90 years later, the fuses resurfaced, invading the shores of two of New Jersey’s most popular beaches, Surf City and Ship Bottom.

The federal government is now in the third — and hopefully final –year of a cleanup that will cost nearly $17 million.

If we are lucky, this will be the cleanup century. The 20th left a mountain of bad karma that will keep on floating to the surface for a long time. Our challenge is to dig out, not dig ourselves in deeper.

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3 responses

  1. Gosh I love how you write! I’m from ‘Jersey’ so I appreciate the story. Keep it coming.

  2. Mary, I love how you write too. When you have your signing party please invite me. And thank you, coming from you it is high praise.

  3. Let’s not forget that the miltary (i.e., Navy) has been dumping “trash” in our oceans off the ships for decades. They have been huge culprits of polluting our vast sea’s along with other countries. Not much media attention is given here either, so I am not surprised to hear of the fuses. I recall Otis Base was a miltary landfill with toxic items too, as well as many other areas.

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