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The grant program provides funding for maritime heritage preservation and education projects that enhance public awareness and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the United States.
NPS: Applications will be available and accepted for 2015 Maritime Heritage Grants between May 15 and August 3, 2015.
A total of $1.7 million will be available. Applicants may request $50,000-$200,000 for preservation projects, or $15,000-$50,000 for education projects. Check the application information page in May for more details and application forms.
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by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee
A mysterious 2-mile long oil slick appeared Thursday on Sandy Hook Bay, the 400-foot wide diesel spill causing environmental concerns. Coast Guard and Parks officials worried the contamination could endanger the seal population that migrates to the area every winter. [NBC News4 New York]
NBC News4 New York: The Coast Guard worked into the night setting up a boom over a culvert in an effort to catch the oil before it could reach the environmentally sensitive, and popular horseshoe cove tidal marsh.
Great and harbor seals are known to migrate to Sandy Hook Bay, and the National Park Service says the animals have already moved there for the season.
Officials at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine said the food supply for the seals could be compromised. If fish ingest the oil, the officials explained, and a seal eats enough of those fish, the seal could die.
Officials said the oil sheen also threatens the sea water intake pipe for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries lab on Sandy Hook.
The cause of the oil slick is under investigation.
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