Long Beach Township Works to Repair Beaches Following Storm Damage

The Brant Seaside dunes are carved into cliffs by seaside erosion because of to stormy weather more than a 7 days ago. (Picture by Curt Travers)
Winter season Storm Orlena, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, took a toll on Lengthy Beach Township’s shorelines. Whilst other areas of New Jersey ended up slammed with snow, the coastline was battered by powerful northeast winds and rough seas, leaving powering regions of “major” erosion.
“We missing a whole lot of sand,” township Mayor Joseph Mancini said this previous Monday, as bulldozers went to operate in the northern Loveladies area of the township. The procedure will then shift to Holgate, which was drastically affected, notably on the perennially eroding considerably south conclusion. “Brant Beach received hit fairly lousy, way too,” the mayor added. Seashore Haven and Harvey Cedars have also been marked as areas of problem by point out officials.
Long Beach front Township plans to mend handicap accesses, walkovers and dunes wherever needed, and is also achieving out to the condition to talk about even further restoration.
The N.J. Office of Environmental Protection’s Division of Coastal Engineering carried out an original storm study and damage evaluation and categorized – as minor, moderate or significant – beach erosion at 81 internet sites together the coastline, listing the results in a Feb. 4 memorandum. The report defines the numerous stages of erosion as follows: big erosion consists of substantial or full beach berm decline and/or sizeable erosion and scarping of the dunes reasonable erosion is made up of major scarping and/or major sloped erosion of beach front berm and/or minor erosion of the dunes and small erosion is made up of redistribution of sand inside the beach profile or decline of sand without the need of substantial scarping or important sloped erosion.
Loveladies and Holgate have been both deemed to have experienced “major” hurt. The previous, as the report states, has “up to 80 toes of sloped erosion, 4-5 ft in peak,” and “approximately 6,000 linear feet vertical dune scarp up to 10 feet in height (and) up to 20 feet deep in between Sandy Island Travel and Seaview Drive.” For the latter, the report notes, there is “up to 125 feet of sloped erosion, 4-5 ft in height,” and “approximately 4,000 linear ft of vertical dune scarping up to 14 feet in top (and) up to 20 feet deep involving Washington Avenue and Judith Avenue.” The worst dune erosion in Holgate is centered at the vicinity of Jacqueline Avenue.
Brant Seashore via North Seashore Haven, meanwhile, observed “moderate” storm injury, with “up to 140 feet of sloped erosion, 4-5 ft in height” and “approximately 1,000 linear feet of vertical dune scarping up to 8 feet in height (and) up to 15 feet deep in the vicinity of North 13th Road in North Beach front Haven … and roughly 2,000 linear feet of vertical dune scarping up to 5 toes in peak (and) up to 10 toes deep in close proximity to Surf Avenue in Brighton Beach.” There is additional vertical dune scarping in the northern extend of the Brant Seaside area, the report details out.
Of all Very long Beach front Township’s non-contiguous sections, only North Beach front was remaining rather unscathed, with only “minor” erosion.
Mancini thinks some of the sand dropped will migrate back again to Long Seashore Island, but the township will also coordinate with the condition and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – which has overseen previous seashore replenishment tasks on LBI – to figure out what can be completed.
The condition, in reality, is previously attractive to the Military Corps for guidance, as evidenced by a letter sent Monday by performing DEP Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette, who requested the feds to give notice to nine storm-destroyed beach front communities in New Jersey, together with Loveladies, Holgate, Harvey Cedars and Seaside Haven.
“The State respectfully requests that USACE promptly prioritize the foregoing spots of significant injury for unexpected emergency funding and, if this kind of funding is not conveniently out there, that USACE seek the appropriation necessary to carry out recovery attempts in these locations,” LaTourette wrote.
In addition, he asked that correct Military Corps team “coordinate with the NJDEP Division of Coastal Engineering on an implementation timetable that would present these big harm places with the needed seaside replenishments by or right before the conclude of the second quarter of 2021.”
— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

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