NJDEP Categorizes Beach Erosion From January Nor’easter
Following a nor’easter in late January, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection evaluated beach erosion throughout the state, including Long Beach Island. Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars and the Loveladies and Holgate sections of Long Beach Township were documented as losing the most sand when compared to pre-storm appraisals. Brant Beach and North Beach, both part of the township, as well as Surf City, were indicated as areas of moderate sand loss, while Barnegat Light and Ship Bottom were determined to have minor damage.
As DEP spokesman Bob Considine noted, “These post-storm assessments are just a document of what the beaches and dune had right before and then right after the storm. It doesn’t mean all that sand was lost. It’s just post-storm erosion, and all of if it is in the beach system and usually recovers.”
Earlier this winter, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received notice that supplemental Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies appropriations had been provided by Congress, which the Corps plans to apply to several rehabilitation projects across the country, including beach restoration for Surf City, Harvey Cedars and from 31st to 57th streets in Brant Beach. These sections were deemed eligible for restoration after storms in October 2015 and January 2016; however, at the time, there was not adequate funding in the FCCE program.
This work is not likely to begin before late summer or early fall of this year, USACE Public Affairs Officer Steve Rochette said last week.
According to Considine, aside from this upcoming federally funded replenishment for Surf City, Harvey Cedars and Brant Beach, there is no additional beachfill currently planned for the Island.
The entirety of the project will continue to be evaluated on a routine, as well as post-storm, basis.
Details from the DEP’s post-storm survey are as follows:
• Barnegat Light: 50 to 60 feet of sloped erosion, 3 to 4 feet in height.
• Loveladies: 80 to 100 feet sloped erosion, 4 to 5 feet in height, with 3,000 to 4,000 of 6-to-10 feet vertical dune erosion up to 40 feet wide.
• Harvey Cedars: 60 to 100 feet sloped erosion, 4 to 5 feet in height, with 8 to 10 feet vertical dune erosion between Cumberland and Sussex avenues.
• North Beach: 80 to 100 feet sloped erosion, 4 to 5 feet in height, with approximately 1,500 linear feet of 3-to-5 feet vertical dune erosion north of vehicular access ramp.
• Surf City: 80 to 100 feet sloped erosion, 4 to 5 feet in height, with some additional dune erosion and loss of fence in several sections between 16th and 25th streets.
• Ship Bottom: 80 to 100 feet sloped erosion, 4 to 5 feet in height.
• Brant Beach: 80 to 100 feet sloped erosion, with some additional dune erosion and loss of fence between 42nd and 38th streets.
• Beach Haven: 80 to 100 feet of sloped erosion, 4 to 5 feet in height. (Norwood to Belvoir Avenue: 10 to 12 feet vertical dune erosion between Holyoke and Belvoir avenues; Nelson to Jeffries avenues: 4 to 8 feet vertical dune erosion; adjacent to Taylor Avenue crossover: 2 to 4 feet vertical dune erosion.)
• Holgate: 80 to 100 feet of sloped erosion, 4 to 5 feet in height. (Washington to Holgate avenues: 4 to 8 feet vertical dune erosion; Washington Avenue to the Wooden Jetty: little to no high tide beach and 10 to 15 feet vertical dune erosion.)
— Juliet Kaszas-Hoch