Replenishment Underway in Brant Beach, But Not Yet in Harvey Cedars

Work in Surf City Likely to End in Late June
Apr 18, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Beach restoration has begun in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township – from 31st Street to 57th Street – and should conclude there by the end of May. Meanwhile, operations are expected to commence in Harvey Cedars later this month, before moving to Surf City.

Contractor Weeks Marine anticipates equipment setup for the Harvey Cedars-into-Surf City segment will take another few weeks, said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Officer Steve Rochette. “The dredge R.S. Weeks and a booster pump are estimated to arrive in late April, with beachfill operations to begin at Harvey Cedars shortly thereafter,” Rochette explained.

He added, “The best estimate right now is beachfill operations would start in Surf City in early June and wrap up in late June.” Originally, scheduled completion for replenishment here was late May.

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.

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 storm events. —J.K.-H.

 

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