Army Corps Soliciting Comments on New Terminal Groin Plan in Holgate

Public Comments Due By Sept. 12
Aug 15, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

The regulatory branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a public notice for a permit application to replace the terminal groin in Holgate, a project initiated by Long Beach Township last year in an effort to help stave off the rapid erosion in that area.

Scientists from Stockton University’s Coastal Research Center have undertaken field evaluation and conceptual design for the project, and the township engineer is currently working with the state Department of Environmental Protection on design specifications and other permitting.

As the Army Corps states, the purpose of the notice is to solicit comments and recommendations from the public concerning issuance of a permit for this work. Comments are due by Sept. 12.

The township, the notice reads, “proposes to remove an existing terminal groin (made of wood and stone) and construct a new, larger terminal groin using steel sheeting, core stone and armor stone (including re-use of existing stone). The applicant has stated that the existing deteriorating terminal groin is insufficient to slow long-shore transport of nourished beach sand to the south. The applicant is cost-sharing the project with the NJDEP Division of Coastal Engineering.”

The project site is located on the oceanfront beach at the southern end of Long Beach Boulevard, just south of Cleveland Avenue in the Holgate section of Long Beach Township.

Following beach replenishment in Holgate – north only of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on Long Beach Island – township officials expressed concern about the amount of, and speed with which, sand “just washes right around the corner” of the groin, as township Mayor Joseph Mancini explained at the time. “Even without a nor’easter, the sand was eroding rapidly.”

The Corps suggested the municipality commission a study on the structure, known as Wooden Jetty, and the township turned to Stockton’s Coastal Research Center, led by director and founder Stewart Farrell.

As proposed, the new terminal groin would measure 100 feet wide, extending approximately 605 feet from an existing wood bulkhead near the southern end of the adjacent public parking lot. The groin would extend approximately 490 feet waterward of the mean high water line and 380 feet beyond the mean low water line.

“Prior to construction,” the notice reads, “safety barriers and erosion control measures would be installed. The plans designate on-land (beach) and in-water areas for staging and access, where additional temporary impacts would occur. The adjacent public parking lot would also be used for vehicle access and staging of equipment and materials.”

Currently, the DEP’s Division of Land Use Regulation is reviewing an application for individual CAFRA and waterfront development permits, including water quality certification, for the proposed work.

The entire public notice  is online at www.nap.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/Public-Notices/.  —J.K.H.

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