2022 LBI Beach Replenishment Project Could See Delay

IN In between: A summer time job, utilizing the dredge Murden, to suction sand from the seabed prior to unloading it nearshore off Harvey Cedars is aspect of a test venture that could shore up shorelines involving replenishment initiatives. (Image by Ryan Morrill)
With just 38 days until eventually the new 12 months, the anticipated 2022 timeframe for the subsequent periodic beach replenishment undertaking for Long Beach front Island does not appear to be as considerably away as it did when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers undertook a dredge challenge previously this 12 months that could fortify seashores in concerning assignments.
“As of right now, we have not been given federal funding (by congressional appropriations),” explained Steve Rochette, general public affairs officer for the Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District. “We’ll most likely know a lot more soon after the holidays on that front.”
He said if federal funding arrives via there will be a hold off right before building would start out thanks to function on obtaining a contract completely ready for bidding.
“And there is also a limitation on the availability of the dredging products that can do operate for LBI,” Rochette explained. “It’s not most likely that any building would take place right before the fall of 2022, at the earliest.”
The complete LBI venture place is qualified to obtain periodic nourishment less than the future contract, he said.
“However, we will get the job done with our non-federal sponsor, NJDEP (New Jersey Section of Environmental Protection), and perform surveys to figure out the greatest distribution of the nourishment across the task space,” Rochette reported.
In July, the dredge Murden suctioned sand from the seabed in Barnegat Inlet, just north of Barnegat Light-weight, ahead of unloading it nearshore off Harvey Cedars in the vicinity of Hudson Avenue south to Union Avenue.
The venture was a person of 10 chosen nationwide for screening impressive strategies to the helpful use of dredge supplies, Keith Watson, job manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, mentioned at the time. The “ultimate goal” of the task was to demonstrate dredge supplies can have a constructive effect on stabilizing the shoreline, he explained.
The inlet is dredged 2 times each year for safe navigation reasons, with the sand normally deposited off Barnegat Gentle. This project, on the other hand, called for the sand to be hauled and unveiled off Harvey Cedars, which was chosen since of its history of chronic seaside erosion. The sand placement location represented 1-3rd of the borough’s beach locations.
When identical initiatives have been finished, the dredge supplies have been unloaded closer to the primary dredge website. An essential ingredient for challenge accomplishment is that the dredged sand match the sand placement place as closely as achievable.
The Murden project was component of a two-phase hard work staying carried out in conjunction with the DEP, in accordance to the Military Corps. The first stage of the task was finished very last December and involved the dredging the Oyster Creek channel in Barnegat Bay. The sediment was applied to start off building an island habitat in the bay.
Barnegat Bay Dredging of Harvey Cedars performed that work, which began in late November 2020, and was component of one more substantial-scale project to deepen specified spots of the Intracoastal Waterway.
— Gina G. Scala

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