State, Feds Review New Dredge Material Management Site for Surf City Channel

The Surf Town channel in Barnegat Bay off Ninth Street. (Image by Ryan Morrill)
Although there is no organization start off date for the dredging of the Surf Metropolis channel in the bay off Ninth Street, it is slated for a long term job, state transportation officers said final month.  
“At this time there is no permitted disposal facility for the sediment that demands to be taken off,” mentioned Steve Schapiro, deputy manager of communications for the state Division of Transportation.  
The DOT’s Place of work of Maritime Means assumed obligation for the state’s dredging software from the state Department of Environmental Security in 2014. 
“NJDOT’s Office environment of Maritime Assets is investigating options for a new dredged substance administration internet site with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Company as part of a marsh resiliency/shoreline stabilization venture,” Schapiro stated.  
The Surf Metropolis channel is component of the Ship Bottom complex, which is also comprised of a number of other parts in Beach Haven West, according to Schapiro.  
“The location in problem (vicinity of Ninth Street) is viewed as a minimal shoal and is the only state-taken care of area that is at present earlier mentioned licensed depth,” he said when questioned regardless of whether/when channel dredging would be performed in Surf City.  
Just past month, Surf Town officers read fears from Ninth Road inhabitants about the failure of the sump pump in the spot to thrust out flood waters. The pump, which has been in location considering the fact that in advance of 2012, hasn’t properly labored since Superstorm Sandy.  
At the time, Mayor Francis Hodgson told people Sandy experienced modified the tides and mentioned the borough had asked for the bay channel to be dredged subsequent the storm. He explained borough officers had been instructed a a few-year analyze is essential prior to any dredge get the job done being performed.  
Before this year, the DEP approved a 10-yr upkeep request by the DOT place of work to dredge 9 channels in bay waters off Long Seashore Township and Beach Haven, weeks right after community comments were because of.  
The DOT embarked in a dredging challenge off Seashore Haven, which include the Pennas, Buoy 77, Morrison’s, Seashore Haven Condos, Shelter Harbor, Japanese, Bay Harbor and Southwick channels and Buoy 77 Pennas channel spurs. Dredge product from Buoy 77 is remaining utilized to fortify the beach locations, mostly alongside Belvoir, Chatsworth, Dolphin and Norwood avenues. 
The job is for the restoration and upkeep of secure navigational depths for vessels in between Prolonged Seaside Island and the mainland. 
But not all people is joyful with the venture.  
“This will do almost nothing to correct the beach erosion at Belvoir and the adjacent streets,” Bill Kapler, a longtime Beach Haven resident, said past month.  
The dredge substance was trucked from the previous Coastline Guard station on Pelham Avenue. The end result was a significant hill of black sand, which has dried out noticeably given that it was deposited there previously in the summer, in accordance to Kapler.  
“There is no volume of sand, bay mud or funds that can modify the purely natural movement of the ocean and the coastline, particularly in areas wherever the coastline in a natural way modifications,” he said. “Spending more money over and about again with the exact benefits is futile. The only resolution is to assist and greatly enhance the organic movement of the beach front and ocean compared to attempting to work towards Mother Nature. The berm is not unique than a large sand castle – the ocean generally wins.” 
— Gina G. Scala 

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