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.