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    THIS SAYS IT ALL – From Representative Rutherford of Florida, Regarding Beach Renourishment

    Jersey Shore Partnership : November 7, 2017 10:01 pm : Calls to Action, News


    To inspire you, here’s what Rep. Rutherford (R-FL4 – Fernandina Beach/Jacksonville Beach) said at a Congressional Transportation and Infrastructure hearing last week:

    “For coastal communities like mine, beaches, sand dunes and other shoreline infrastructure provide the first line of defense against storm surge.  New Jersey saw it 5 years ago with Superstorm Sandy, and Florida saw it last year with Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, and again, this September, with Hurricane Irma. Shore protection is very personal to coastal districts, like mine.  However, shore protection projects should be important to more than just coastal communities.

    Fifty percent of the U.S. population lives within one hour of a seashore.  Beaches help generate $225 billion for the national economy and contribute $25 billion in federal tax revenue.  They also contribute a $26 billion trade surplus in tourism.  Not to mention that when local, state and federal agencies invest in shore protection projects before a storm, less funding is needed for rebuilding roads, utilities, businesses and homes after a storm hits. When we look back at Hurricane Matthew last October, studies show that beach renourishment saved billions of dollars in infrastructure damages.  This is a matter of safety, but it is also a matter of fiscal common sense.”

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    Rip Current Awareness

    Jersey Shore Partnership : October 3, 2017 10:31 am : News

    The unusually warm temperatures have brought people back to the beach to enjoy the sand and surf. Unfortunately, the recent hurricanes have brought with them a strong surf and an increase in dangerous life-threatening rip currents. The recent tragic deaths are a warning that caution is the watchword.

    Before heading to the beach, check your internet for the tide report and ocean conditions at your beach destination. Do not attempt to go into the ocean if there are no lifeguards present. This time of year, most beaches do not have lifeguards on duty during the week or on weekends. Note if the beach has warning flags flying.

    If you do venture into the ocean and are caught in a rip current do not swim directly toward shore but swim or float diagonally with the coastline until the rip current passes.

    Rip currents are not easy to identify so best advice is to stay on the sand and enjoy the ocean from your beach chair!

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    Ortley Beach Emergency Beach Fill Completed

    Jersey Shore Partnership : June 20, 2017 1:41 pm : News, Uncategorized

    The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or Army Corps) completed an emergency beach replenishment at Ortley Beach (Toms River) over the past three weeks.  They will return in the fall to complete the job with the building of a dune which will be part of the 13 mile long dune that will stretch from Point Pleasant to Berkeley Township (Midway Beach/South Seaside Park) ending at the entrance to Island Beach State Park.  Attached are pictures of the “before” and “after” beach replenishment at 7th Avenue in Ortley Beach.

    The Army Corps schedule for this project, being implemented by Weeks Marine, Inc., can be followed on the USACE website at 

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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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    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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