Dredged Material to Help Rebuild Island in Beach Haven

Dec 19, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

The Beach Haven Borough Council recently signed an agreement that authorizes the New Jersey Department of Transportation to use Parker Island as a dredge disposal facility. The area is located in the bay west of Morrison’s Marina.

Judy Drucker, DOT public information officer, said the DOT intends to utilize the 4.3-acre site, in cooperation with Beach Haven, to manage both federal and state dredged material from near-by navigation channels. The material would be used to fortify the island.

“The DOT (Office of Maritime Resources) is currently planning a rehabilitation and repair project of the site, which was damaged by Superstorm Sandy and Winter Storm Jonas,” said Drucker.

According to the agreement, the DOT and its contractors, inspectors and engineers will have the right to enter and conduct activities required to maintain, use or improve the island, including the right to excavate drainage ditches, build and replace retaining embankments and walls, move and grade sediments and other activities.

In addition, the DOT has the right to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers direct use of the area to place dredged material subject to available capacity as well as required federal, state and local permits.

“Upon completion of any work, the NJDOT shall have its contractors clear all equipment, debris and materials, other than dredged material, attributable to this project. All debris shall be appropriately disposed,” the resolution says.  

“The state needed a location for managing and dewatering dredged material,” said Borough Engineer Frank Little. “With this agreement, the sediments dredge will not only be stored, but also help rebuild the island, which has suffered severe erosion. This helps both the state and the borough.” —E.E. 

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