Oyster Creek Channel Dredging Nears Completion


Dredging of the Oyster Creek Channel in Barnegat Bay, just north of Barnegat Inlet, is about midway carried out and is predicted to be completed this thirty day period, in accordance to the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers.
Barnegat Bay Dredging is doing the do the job, which commenced in late November, Steve Rochette, general public affairs officer for the Army Corps, Philadelphia District, said lately. The Harvey Cedars-based enterprise is using the dredge Fullerton, he added.
The dredge get the job done is component of a more substantial venture to deepen specific parts of the Intracoastal Waterway, a 3,000-mile inland waterway operating from Boston south along the Atlantic Seaboard, about the southern suggestion of Florida and together the Gulf Coastline to Brownsville, Texas. It runs through the bay places west of LBI.
Past November, the Army Corps awarded a more than yearlong contract to Barnegat Bay Dredging to dredge precise parts of the ICW in an hard work to assist the Coast Guard keep aids to navigation in one of the most traversed regions of the ICW. Barnegat Bay Dredging commenced doing work in the Cape May well-Lewes ferry place in November 2019 right before going to Ocean Town and then Avalon, exactly where a navigational channel, because of to shoaling, basically didn’t exist prior to dredging. There was no operate performed all through the summer season season in the New Jersey ICW.
Coastline Guard officials have said if the task accomplishes what it intends, it could let for a big cutter to take away outdated pilings and push new types for channel markers.
This summer, the Coastline Guard’s Aids to Navigation team, dependent in Cape May perhaps, alongside with the East Coastline dive locker staff eradicated 5 broken or usually harmful channel markers and changed them with buoys in the ICW off Very long Seashore Township south towards Minimal Egg Inlet.
The job picks up where by last summer’s dive functions still left off. In July 2019, the Coast Guard removed and replaced far more than 10 damaged channel markers in the ICW off LBI more than a 55-hour period of time. In whole, 22 harmful channel markers spanning the waters from Cape Might to Toms River were eradicated and changed. Some of the buildings had been in the h2o for approximately four decades other folks ended up about 10 yrs previous.
The Aids to Navigation staff is liable for making sure a lot more than 364 constructions, which includes channel markers and buoys, are up to date and functional. Around 75 percent are situated in the ICW in New Jersey, and a the vast majority of the dangerous markers are situated in nearby waters.
In addition to federally preserved aids to navigation, the condition Section of Transportation is responsible for handling New Jersey’s 215 navigation channels. The DOT’s Office environment of Maritime Resources assumed the state’s dredging plan in 2014, nearly two several years following Superstorm Sandy. The workplace functions with the condition Division of Environmental Security to plan for and manage its possess aids to navigation constructions, like seasonal stakes, floating buoys and preset constructions in condition channels, in accordance to Stephen Schapiro, deputy director of communications for the DOT.
– Gina G. Scala
ggscala@thesandpaper.net

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