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The Great Egg Harbor River off Egg Harbor Township was a windy expanse on a recent fall day. Even so, a powerboat sped by, pulling a waterskier in a wetsuit.

More than 2,300 acres in the state-designated Pinelands were preserved in the past year, including more than 500 acres in Mullica Township around the historic Amatol munitions plant that briefly played a role in World War I, according to a Pinelands Commission report.

For oysterman Barney Hollinger, a Delaware Bay conservation plan needs to prevent further erosion of the mouth of the Maurice River, and further filling in of waterways used by oyster boats.

Clean Water Action has released its 2015-17 legislative scorecard, showing Democrats’ overall scores rising this session, and Republicans’ falling, based on how they voted to protect the environment.

Piping plovers are making a modest comeback in New Jersey after hitting a low of 92 pairs in 2014, but now scientists are nervously awaiting word of how they survived Hurricane Irma at their wintering grounds in the Caribbean and Florida.