Little Egg Inlet Dredging Remains Stalled

Sep 26, 2017

A project to clear shoals from Little Egg Inlet, a major thoroughfare for boat traffic off southern Long Beach Island, is still pending federal authorization.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service still has to approve the project monitoring plan, which is needed before the Army Corps (of Engineers) can issue the permit,” said Lawrence Hajna, press officer for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The DEP intends to focus on shoaling of sand on the ocean side of the inlet, with an estimated 1 to 1.5 million cubic yards of sand to be dredged to create a channel 25 feet below mean sea level.

While the state’s Division of Coastal Engineering announced that it was aiming to expedite the dredging – to “make it safe again for everyone who needs this vital access for fishing and recreation,” as DEP Commissioner Bob Martin remarked earlier this year – there is currently no timeline in place for when work might begin.

Once the project receives the green light, and the bid process begins, the DEP will be better able to set a start date for the project, said Hajna. —J.K.-H.

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