|The dunes not only enhance the beaches and the City´s beauty along the ocean, they are critical for stabilizing the beach and provide important habitat. The City has strived to educate the public regarding the importance of the beach environment through nature walks, educational signs, and displays at the Nature Center.
In April 2011, the Cape May area received the Obama Administration´s most prestigious environmental award, the 2010 Coastal America Partnership Award for restoring the Lower Cape May Meadows. This 350 acre beach and wetlands area between Cape May and Cape May Point is a key freshwater ecosystem for migratory birds. For decades it suffered from coastal erosion that caused saltwater to degrade the wetlands. Studies began in 1987 to determine how to restore the degraded wetlands and replenish the beaches to prevent saltwater damage. Two beach replenishments have occurred since 2004. Click here for a Press of Atlantic City article documenting this innovative effort. The Army Corp, NJDEP, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Nature Conservancy all active participated in this enhancement.