Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe helped kick off the unofficial start of the Jersey shore tourism season by providing an update on water quality, beach monitoring efforts and other important coastal issues during the annual State of the Shore event in Asbury Park. The DEP will be hard at work all season long to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at the shore, backbone of the state’s $45 billion tourism economy. The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium holds the event every year just before Memorial Day weekend. Other issues discussed included updates on beach conditions and the importance of swimming safety and rip-current awareness. Read more.