Replenishment Starts Soon in Brant Beach, Harvey Cedars

Mar 21, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Beach restoration work is expected to begin in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township – from 31st to 57th  Street – by the end of this week, while operations should commence in Harvey Cedars later this month, before moving to Surf City.

These three sections of Long Beach Island were deemed eligible for replenishment, via federal Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program funds, following storms in 2015 and 2016. Funding was not available at that time, but the rehabilitation project was later allotted appropriations by Congress through the Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act 2017.

As U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Officer Steve Rochette said last Thursday, Cranford-based contractor Weeks Marine had readied some of its beachfill equipment in Brant Beach “but recent weather prevented them from finishing setup,” pushing the start date closer to the end of this week.

Work in Brant Beach, with the Magdalen hopper dredge, should take approximately 30 days.

Meanwhile, the R.S. Weeks pipeline dredge will be stationed in Harvey Cedars. Once work in that municipality is finished, operations will transition to Surf City. Scheduled completion for replenishment in the two towns is the end of May.

In November 2016, another contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co., concluded initial construction of LBI’s dune and berm system. The entire project area then became eligible for Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies funding.

As Rochette has explained previously, “After a significant storm event, we conduct a damage assessment and determine whether the project is eligible based on certain criteria. This program is national and funds repairs to projects across the country, so if the project has been approved and if there’s adequate funding available, we would move forward to repair the project or portions of the project.”

The entirety of the LBI project area will continue to be surveyed on a routine basis, in addition to undergoing evaluation following any significant storms.  —J.K.-H.

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