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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2/18/03
03/13

 

Contact: Amy Cradic,
609-984-1795

NJ DEP Issues Update on Coastal Storm Damage and Beach Erosion
Commissioner Campbell Pledges Emergency Support for Shore Communities

(03/13) Trenton— New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced that support and emergency beach restoration funding are available for shore communities severely affected by the recent storm.

"While preliminary reports indicate that the storm's impact along New Jersey's coast was not as destructive as feared, a number of shore communities did suffer damage," said DEP Commissioner Campbell. "Our coastal inspectors are working with local communities to assess beach erosion and flood damage, and will assist those areas in need of emergency support."

Areas from Long Beach Island south along the New Jersey coast experienced the most severe beach erosion.

Coastal communities along Long Beach Island, Ocean County, lost approximately 5-to-6 feet of vertical beach.

Atlantic County beaches - Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate and Longport - lost an average of four feet of sand vertically.

In Cape May County, Ocean City experienced a 6-to-8 foot vertical cut in the beach and Stone Harbor lost approximately 2-to-3 feet of vertical sand along the entire beach. Stone Harbor also lost approximately 13,000 feet of sand fence that appears to have been washed away.

In addition, approximately two-thirds of the sand placed along Stone Harbor beaches as part of a state and federal beach replenishment project has been carried offshore. While the sand has been temporarily displaced, the DEP anticipates that a portion of the offshore sands will migrate back as a result of normal currents over the next several weeks. The replenishment sands provided a critical defense against more significant coastal damages during the course of the storm.

"This storm has provided powerful evidence of the effectiveness of the DEP shore protection program and demonstrated the importance of Governor McGreevey's commitment to ensuring that these programs are fully funded," Commissioner Campbell added.

The DEP will be conducting follow-up inspections to determine the full impact of the storm's damage.

 

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