Plans for New Terminal Groin in Holgate Under Review

Nov 15, 2017

Long Beach Township has partnered with the Stockton University Coastal Research Center to redesign the terminal groin at the south end of Holgate to help stave off erosion in that area. According to township officials, the state will now have Stevens Institute of Technology examine the plans before the permitting process begins.

N.J. Department of Environmental Protection press officer Larry Hajna said the review is standard procedure.

This summer, township Mayor Joseph Mancini said he hoped the project would go out to bid this fall or winter, but he believes it’s more likely now the groin will be built in the fall of 2018. Hajna said the DEP couldn’t give a timeline as the project “is still in the planning stages.”

Following beach replenishment last year in Holgate – the southernmost section of the township, north of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Holgate Division – township officials expressed concern to federal project sponsor the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the amount of sand and the speed at which it “just washes right around the corner” of the wooden jetty, as Mancini explained at the time. “Even without a nor’easter, the sand was eroding rapidly.”

The Corps suggested the municipality contract a study on the groin, and the township turned to Stockton’s Coastal Research Center, led by director and founder Stewart Farrell.

“The evaluation and redesign of the Holgate terminal groin is a project that will incorporate the shoreline changes brought about by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Shore Protection Project recently completed in Holgate,” the township governing body stated in a press release. “The goal is to use an examination of wave conditions and sediment transport patterns to allow the redesign of this structure so that it will benefit the township as well as its biological neighbors,” the wildlife refuge.

“Since 1986 the Stockton University Coastal Research Center has evaluated beach and dune changes along Long Beach Island to gain an understanding of storm impacts and the processes that shape our local shorelines,” the township explained. “The CRC has been a longtime partner with Long Beach Township; the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Coastal Engineering; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in providing the scientific datasets that can be used to make prudent management decisions and in the design of projects that help protect the community from storm surge and flooding while also protecting natural habitat.” —J.K.-H.

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