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    Significant Beach Replenishment Project to Begin in Ocean County

    Jersey Shore Partnership : February 6, 2017 4:21 pm : News

    The long-awaited US Army Corp of Engineers beach replenishment project from Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Bay is expected to begin within the next two months. The project, once fully completed, will cover 14 miles of coastline along the Barnegat Peninsula in the communities of Point Pleasant Beach, Bay Head, Mantoloking, Brick Township, Toms River Township, Lavallette, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park and Berkeley Township. The project will include the construction of pedestrian dune crossovers with accommodation for ADA-accessible crossovers. Recent federal beach replenishment projects that included dune construction helped to prevent further devastation along the coast from the recent nor’easter.

    Coastal storms cause beach erosion and damage to dunes. We have choices: We can continue to protect our coastline, a most valuable economic and environmental New Jersey asset, through cyclical beach replenishment and other projects that help to build a more resilient coastline OR let nature take its course and lose our beaches to erosion endangering people, property, coastal infrastructure, habitats and economy. Fortunately, New Jersey has taken the pathway to preservation.

    For its part, the Jersey Shore Partnership remains steadfast in its mission to ensure stable funding on state and federal levels for coastal protection and beach replenishment.

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    Pallone Applauds Obama Administration for Denying Atlantic Seismic Testing Permits

    Jersey Shore Partnership : January 10, 2017 4:06 pm : News

    Washington D.C.- Today Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) applauded the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for denying six pending geophysical and geological (G&G) permit applications to conduct airgun seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean. Congressman Pallone has long been a leader in the effort to stop seismic testing off the coast of New Jersey.

    “Seismic testing risks injuring and disturbing critically endangered species and threatening the Jersey shore, a center of recreational and economic use. I am pleased that the Obama administration ultimately decided that these permits were not worth the risk,” said Pallone. “An environmentally sound coast is critical to New Jersey’s economy, and I remain concerned about efforts that could lead to oil and gas drilling off our coast”

    Early last year, Pallone (NJ-06) and six bipartisan colleagues in the New Jersey Congressional delegation sent a letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) raising serious concerns over proposed seismic testing off the coast of New Jersey. The members demanded comprehensive environmental assessments of the proposed seismic testing permits and the impact this testing could have on wildlife in the Atlantic Ocean.

    Pallone also asked National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries for a public hearing on proposed seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean that could potentially be used to open the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas exploration. Pallone requested that the applications for seismic testing before NOAA be denied.

    In October, Pallone led a letter from members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation to the NOAA, applauding the agency’s Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap, which proposes numerous measures to reduce ocean noise, and urging NOAA to take immediate steps to implement the plan, specifically by denying seismic testing permits in the Atlantic.

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    WRDA Bill Passes Senate, House, and is Signed by President

    Jersey Shore Partnership : January 10, 2017 2:13 pm : News

    Before the Congress recessed for the year, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed S.612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act or the WIIN Act” (also known as the Water Resource Development Act [WRDA]), which includes many provisions to help protect, restore, and increase the resilience of U.S. coastlines. The President signed the bill on December 16, 2016.

    “Sediment is a critical resource for building and restoring protective beach and dune systems and restoring coastal environments. S.612 establishes an important pilot program that would allow coastal communities, states and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to beneficially use dredged sediment,” said Derek Brockbank, Executive Director of American Shore & Beach Preservation Association. “Supporting Regional Sediment Management is just one way the WIIN Act helps coastal communities prepare for hurricanes and coastal storms. The WIIN also supports coastal resilience and sea level rise planning and tells the Army Corps to assess the ability of natural and nature-based features – such as beaches, dunes and wetlands – to reduce flood risk.”

    The water bill also provides for $5 million a year in grants for projects designed to improve habitats and water quality and reduce the threat from floods in the Delaware River Basin, setting up a program similar to those for the Chesapeake Bay and Long Island Sound. The basin pumps around $25 billion a year into the regional economy and supports around 600,000 jobs. The watershed encompasses 26 percent of New Jersey’s land area and 20 percent of its population. “Protecting and promoting the Delaware River Basin for future generations is an economic and environmental priority,” said Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.).

    The water bill also authorized $55 million to improve storm protection for North Wildwood, Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, and Lower Township in Cape May County and in Ocean County, including dune construction; and required the Army Corps of Engineers to complete its study and then begin work to design a project to reduce the threat of flooding in the Rahway River Basin in Essex, Middlesex and Union counties.

     

    Before ending the legislative session, lawmakers also passed legislation to make mapping changes in the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System. This was needed before the Army Corps could begin a $273 million flood control project in Union Beach, which was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.

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    Article: Back Bay Flood-Defense Plan Will Take Time, Federal Official Says

    Jersey Shore Partnership : December 28, 2016 8:11 pm : News

    An article titled “Back Bay Flood-Defense Plan Will Take Time, Federal Official Says” was recently published on NJ Spotlight.  An excerpt of the article can be found below, and the full article can be found here.

    “A U.S. official told residents of New Jersey’s back bay communities on Thursday that it will be three years or longer before federal and state authorities finalize a wide-ranging plan to defend the bays from Sandy-like flooding, and some years after that until the plan is executed.” – Jon Hurdle, NJ Spotlight

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    WRECK POND PROJECT COMPLETED – NO MORE BACTERIA-RIDDEN FLOODING

    Jersey Shore Partnership : November 22, 2016 3:41 pm : News

    The completion of a 600 foot-long concrete culvert on Wreck Pond, Spring Lake will ease flooding and beach closures in towns adjacent to the Pond. Residents have for years been subject to flooding and the bacteria–ridden water seeping from the Pond.   The culvert will act as an inlet that can be managed by the opening and closing of a gate during severe weather events. It will help restore tidal flows between the ocean and the Pond, making it easier for fish to flow back and forth and improving water quality. It will also allow water to release from the pond quickly ad to control ocean water from coming in.

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