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August 5, 2005

 

Contact: Elaine Makatura
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DEP SELECTS CONTRACTOR FOR DEAL LAKE FLUME RESTORATION

Will Also Hold Public Meeting on Restoration Promised in "Coast 2005" Initiative

(05/107) TRENTON -- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced that the DEP has selected a contractor to begin restoration work on the Deal Lake flume. He also announced that the DEP will hold a public meeting to discuss restoration plans for the flume.

"This project furthers Acting Governor Codey's promises made in his 'Coast 2005' Initiative to safeguard our shared coastal resources," Commissioner Campbell said. "By repairing the flume and extending it to the waterline, we can improve water flow between the lake and the ocean and protect the herring that depend on this resource."

"DEP's announcement today will ensure the flume extension is completed in time for the herring runs next spring," said Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. "I'm glad that the extension plan works for fishermen and surfers, and that we can look forward to healthy herring runs each year without needing to constantly dig out the flume."

DEP awarded the $6,725,000 reconstruction contract to Jay Cashman, Inc., of Quincy, Massachusetts. Construction should begin this September and last approximately six months.

Deal Lake, bordering on the Village of Loch Arbour and the City of Asbury Park, has a flume, or culvert, that has deteriorated in recent years and clogged with sand, preventing water from channeling between the lake into the ocean.

The existing flume also does not extend to the ocean's waterline, impacting the annual herring migration. DEP reconstruction plans include the removal of 220 feet of the existing flume, construction of 490 feet of culvert flume, and excavation and reconstruction of approximately 600 feet of the existing stone jetty. The new culvert flume will discharge on the north side of the existing jetty and will improve the herring migration.

The reconstruction of the existing jetty will begin simultaneously with the reconstruction of the flume. The jetty will permit access for the public and the fishing community atop the flume.

DEP will hold a public meeting on Monday, August 8, to discuss the planned reconstruction. The meeting will be at 7:30 at the Allenhurst Municipal Building, 125 Corlies Avenue, Allenhurst.

 

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