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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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    JSP Co-Chairs National Shore and Beach Preservation Conference

    Jersey Shore Partnership : November 3, 2016 2:08 pm : News

    The Jersey Shore Partnership co-chaired the National Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA)
    recent conference in Long Branch with Stevens Institute of Technology and Mott MacDonald.
    Congressman Frank Pallone was keynote speaker. More than 350 participants focused on innovative ideas and solutions to building more sustainable coastlines.

    The Co-Chairs presented an award to Lynn Bocamazo, NY District Army Corps of Engineers, and Dave
    Rosenblatt, NJ DEP for the Monmouth County Coastal Storm Risk Management and Erosion
    Control Project, initiated in 1994 to the present. The Project is the largest beach erosion control project
    ever undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

     

     

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    Good News For Beach Protection Funding

    Jersey Shore Partnership : September 12, 2016 1:48 pm : News

    Senate Bill S311 sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos and Assembly Bill A2954 sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew would increase the Shore Protection Fund from $25 million to $50 million, the amount that is credited each year to the Shore Protection Fund from realty transfer fees. The Jersey Shore Partnership initiated the legislation and gave testimony before the joint Committee meeting.

    We are delighted to report that the bills were heard on August 18 at the joint Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee and passed on to the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees.

    This was the critical first step in moving the legislation along. Our testimony provides extensive detail on the funding required to meet authorized and planned beach protection projects over the next ten years. We look forward to presenting our testimony before the Appropriations Committees.

    The Shore Protection Fund is an investment in the State. The Jersey Shore is an iconic brand for New Jersey as a recreation destination. The shore communities return $20 billion in tourism revenue annually to the state, and provide jobs and business opportunities for thousands.

    The Jersey Shore Partnership respects New Jersey’s commitment to preserving its beaches and ensuring that all of us have the opportunity to access the shore for the beauty and recreation it offers.

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