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Case Studies/Projects

Living Shorelines Projects

NFWF Building Ecological Solutions To Coastal Community Hazards

New Jersey has many ecologically significant coastal areas threatened by dense coastal development and climate change impacts. Ecosystem-based green infrastructure strategies protect critical habitat, people, and infrastructure in a cost-effective manner.

The goal of the NFWF grant is to systemically identify successful strategies, develop them into clear, ready-to-use local actions, assess large numbers of communities for the applicability of these strategies, and work with a number of pilot communities to create quick wins and success models that will drive further adoption throughout the State. The use of man-made structures, or grey infrastructureŁ such as seawalls, levees, and revetments, has been common practice for communities seeking protection from coastal hazards, storm surges, and the resulting coastal flooding. Alternately, enhancing, restoring, and significantly increasing the use of ecosystem-based green infrastructure can foster community resiliency to multiple climate impacts. Green infrastructure typically costs less than structural measures and includes landscape features like coastal wetlands, living shorelines, open space and parks, and tree canopies and provides many valuable co-benefits, including air quality improvements, carbon mitigation, clean water, fish and wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and economic development activities like fishing, boating, and tourism.

The project team includes the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Sustainable Jersey, National Wildlife Federation, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Barnegat Bay Partnership, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, Stevens, Rutgers, NJ Audubon and nine pilot communities: Atlantic City, Brigantine, Downe, Lower, Margate, Secaucus, Somers Point, Spring Lake, and Upper and one county: Cape May County.

Atlantic City Gardner's Basin Living Shorelines

N. Rhode Island Ave, Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey

Goals: Shoreline stabilization (SS), habitat enhancement/creation (HE) (horseshoe crab, red knots and pollinators), tidal flood mitigation (TF), public outreach and education, and overall additional resiliency for the upland area beyond the site which contains public park facilities and an active commercial center.

Project Description: Living shoreline and ecological embankment

Status: Monitoring

Project Design Documents: Site Assessments, design and permitting documents

Monitoring Plan: Specific plan for monitor indicators of goal achievement

Monitoring Data: Data from site monitoring visits

Site Photographs: Pre-project, construction and post project/monitoring photographs

Brigantine Living Shorelines

Atlantic Brigantine Blvd. (County Rte. 638), Brigantine, New Jersey

Goals: Shoreline stabilization (SS), habitat enhancement/creation (HE) (pollinators), tidal flood mitigation (TF), stormwater management (SM), public outreach and education, and overall additional resiliency for the upland area beyond the sites

Hydrangea WayMagnolia Way
S. Cherokee Blvd Un-named @ 4100

Project Description: Living shorelines, ecological embankments and storm-water management

Status: Monitoring

Project Design Documents: Site Assessments, design and permitting documents

Monitoring Plan: Specific plan for monitor indicators of goal achievement

Monitoring Data: Data from site monitoring visits

Site Photographs: Pre-project, construction and post project/monitoring photographs

Secaucus Tidal Drainage Ditch Restoration and Enhancement

5 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, New Jersey

Goals: Shoreline stabilization (SS), habitat enhancement/creation (HE), tidal flood mitigation (TF), stormwater management (SM), public outreach and education, and overall additional resiliency for the upland area beyond the site

Project Description: Restoration of tidal drainage ditches and shoreline

Status: Monitoring

Project Design Documents: Site Assessments, design and permitting documents

Monitoring Plan: Specific plan for monitor indicators of goal achievement

Monitoring Data: Data from site monitoring visits

Site Photographs: Pre-project, construction and post

Spring Lake Shore Road Living Shoreline

Shore Road, Spring Lake, New Jersey

Goals: Shoreline stabilization (SS), habitat enhancement/creation (HE), tidal flood mitigation (TF), stormwater management (SM), public outreach and education, public access, and overall additional resiliency for the upland area beyond the site

Project Description: 900 linear feet of living shoreline on Wreck Pond

Status: Permitting Review

Project Design Documents: Site Assessments, design and permitting documents

Monitoring Plan: Specific plan for monitor indicators of goal achievement

Monitoring Data: Data from site monitoring visits

Site Photographs: Pre-project, construction and post project/monitoring photographs

Upper Twp. Bayview Ave Living Shorelines

Bayview Avenue, Upper, New Jersey

Goals: Shoreline stabilization (SS), habitat enhancement/ creation (HE), tidal flood mitigation (TF), public outreach and education, and overall additional resiliency for the upland area beyond the site

Project Description: Living shorelines contiguous to a public access boat ramp

Status: Monitoring

Project Design Documents: Site Assessments, design and permitting documents

Monitoring Plan: Specific plan for monitor indicators of goal achievement

Monitoring Data: Data from site monitoring visits

Site Photographs: Pre-project, construction and post project/monitoring photographs

 



Disclaimer

The five projects above were funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, "Building Ecological Solutions to Coastal Community Hazards (NJ)".

The views and conclusions contained in these documents are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. government or the National Fish and wildlife Foundation and its funding sources. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government, or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation or its funding sources.

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