Tuckerton Shoreline Restoration on South Green Street

Jul 25, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson Technicians Gerald Wilders (front) and Jarid Gille with the Barnegat Bay Partnership collect water samples from Tuckerton Cove to help in shoreline restoration.

The Barnegat Bay Partnership has begun sampling the fish and wildlife populations along South Green Street in Tuckerton as part of a $47,000 grant from the New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership. The grant is to monitor the shoreline restoration of both Tuckerton’s South Green Street project and the Iowa Court Shoreline restoration in Little Egg Harbor.

Martha Maxwell-Doyle, project director for the Barnegat Bay Partnership, said the grant serves as a match to the $2.1 National Fish and Wildlife Federation grant that was awarded in May 2015 to both Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor to share.

The grant will fund two years of the five-year monitoring that is required for shoreline restoration.

Little Egg Harbor has received all permits from the state (Department of Environmental Protection and Tidelands) to start the Iowa Court restoration, which will include both hard and soft features.

Tuckerton is still at work on its selected shoreline restoration, two sections along South Green Street where it has eroded to within a few feet of the roadway in places and has also undermined some wooden bulkheads.

The plans for the beach shoreline section developed by Jason Worth of T&M Associates show the area being filled with 560 cubic yards of clean beach sand graded from an area of rip rap along South Green Street to under the high-tide mark about 200 feet. There would be open water for about 100 more feet and then a 224-foot-long breakwater consisting of a timber piling with warning signs plus a stone and geo-tube breakwater behind it. There are 30-foot inlets on both sides of the breakwater to allow fish, horseshoe crabs and kayaks to pass through. Tuckerton Councilman John Schwartz said on Tuesday the borough hopes to go out to bid on the project in mid-August.

Tuckerton’s five-year effort to restore the peninsula at the end of Little Egg Harbor Boulevard with a grant from the NJDEP is still hung up in legal negotiations with Richard Zeto, owner of one semi-submerged lot included in the peninsula. The owners of other lots needing restoration have signed off on the easements. Schwartz said the borough has gotten five-year extensions on all the state permits it needs to create a modified living shoreline that would include some hard structures, such as rocks in wire baskets.

Last January, the state shifted away from the use of thin-layer-deposition to restore wetlands, basically stalling or killing hopes for lagoon dredging of Thompson Creek in Tuckerton or problem lagoon areas in Tuckerton.

“Thin-layer deposition of sediment could end up being more of a problem, and there was not enough information, so the state Fish and Wildlife wouldn’t sign off on it,” said Maxwell-Doyle. “The intentions were good; it seemed like a win-win, but without the full understanding of what might happen, they would not give the permits.”

Maxwell-Doyle has extensive National Estuary Program experience. Before joining the BBP in 2008, she was deputy director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. She was successful in securing grant funding to establish the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Wetlands Assessment program in New Jersey. A joint collaboration between PDE and BBP is establishing an integrated wetlands monitoring and assessment program in the Delaware Bay and Barnegat Bay estuaries to understand the multiple stressors on salt marshes from a regional perspective and to use the findings to make better resource management decisions.

— Pat Johnson


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