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Case Studies/Projects

New Jersey Ecological Solutions Projects

Conceptual Projects

  1. Camden Harrison Landfill
    Location: 1865 Harrison Avenue, Camden, NJ 08105, Camden County
    Description: The former 85-acre Harrison Avenue Landfill in Camden lies on the edge of Cooper and Delaware River.  The inland portion of the landfill was remediated, where a 120,000-square foot Salvation Army Community Center and 24-acre campus was constructed.  Options for using living shorelines to restore water quality, improve coastal resilience, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat will be examined.  NJDEP, PDE, and other partners envision the riverfront portions becoming the Cramer Hill Waterfront Park, that would include a mile-long riverfront greenway and habitat restoration. 

    Project Partners
    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
    Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    Rutgers Haskins Shellfish Laboratory
    NOAA Office of Response and Restoration
    US Army Corps of Engineers
    City of Camden
    Camden Redevelopment Agency
    Coopers Ferry Partnership

  2. Camden Phoenix Park CCMUA  7 19 2017
    Location: 227 Jefferson Street, Camden, NJ, 08104, Camden County
    Description: Phoenix Park a 5-acre area, previously a brownfield abandoned industrial property, was redeveloped into a riverfront public park.  The overall project will be completed in phases.  Phase 1, the park, was completed in 2015.  Phase 3’s goal is the development of a conceptual design/plan for a hybrid mosaic living shoreline along the riverfront of the park.

    Project Partners
    The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    Center for Environmental Transformation
    Coopers Ferry Partnership
    Delaware Riverkeeper Network
    Rutgers University’s New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
    Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
    Camden County

    Contact
    Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Inc.
    Andrew Kricun, P.E., BCEE, Executive Director/Chief Engineer, 856-583-1223, andy@ccmua.org
    Principal Investigator:  Dr. Danielle Kreeger, Science Director, 302-655-4990 X104, dkreeger@delawareestuary.org
    Project Manager:  Angela Padeletti, Senior Science Coordinator, 302-655-4990 X104, apadeletti@delawareestuary.org
    Grants:  Lorestine Pittman, Grants Coordinator, 302-655-4990 X101, lpittman@delawareestuary.org
    (856)-541-3700

  3. Pennsville Supawna Meadows NWR, USFWS
    Location: 197 Lighthouse Rd, Pennsville, NJ 08070, Salem County (Block 5501, Lot 17)
    Description: The proposed action involves modifying portions of an existing stone breakwater to reinforce marsh protective features, enhance functioning breaches, and remove additional stone from other breaches that are identified to be detrimental to the resiliency of the Supawna Meadows Marsh Complex or are otherwise no longer necessary.  These modifications are proposed to mitigate future impacts to the Supawna Meadows Marsh Complex from the detrimental effects of sea level rise and help repair damage caused from decades of agricultural and mosquito control practices.

    In the consideration of potential stone breakwater removal, modification, and enhancements, the Supawna Meadows site was divided into nine potential work areas.  After reviewing existing conditions, results of the hydrodynamic model, and results from the assessment of short-term sediment transport potential, the Project was narrowed down to two possible design alternatives focusing activities with work areas 3, 4, 5, 6, and/or 7.

    Project Partners
    US Fish and Wildlife Service
    US Army Corps of Engineers
    Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

    Contact
    Brian Braudis
    609-463-0994 X2370
    brian_braudis@gws.gov
    US Fish and Wildlife Service
    24 Kimbles Beach Rd.
    Cape May Court House, NJ 08210

  4. Fairfield Twp.  Cohansey Boat Launch
    Location: 666 County Road 601, Bridgeton, NJ 08302, Fairfield Township, Cumberland County        
    Description: Potential construction of a living shoreline along the eroding bulkhead at the PSEG Cohansey River public access site in Bridgton, NJ.  Reconstruction of two boardwalks located at the PSEG Commercial Township Wetlands Restoration Site.  PSEG decided to hold off on the Cohansey River bulkhead project, since they did some repairs to the sheetpile that will extend the life of the existing bulkhead.  Currently, all projects are suspended.

    Project Partners
    Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
    AECOM

    Contact
    Ray Hinkle
    973-883-8697 (Office)
    201-970-7424 (Cell)
    Ray.hinkle@aecom.com              
    1255 Broad St.
    Suite 201
    Clifton, NJ 07013

  5. Downe Twp Fortescue Beach USACE CAP
    Location: Delaware Ave, New Jersey Ave, Jersey Ave, Fortescue, Downe Twp., Cumberland County, NJ 08345
    Description:  Utilizing the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Continuing Authorities Program (CAP), Section 205, Feasibility Study will evaluate a beach restoration project that includes the installation of beach fill for a length of 4000 feet immediately in front of the developed shoreline along Fortescue where a proposed berm at each location would be constructed at an elevation of 7 ft. NAVD 88, a top width of 50 feet, and a 10 to 1 slope.
    Groins and nearshore breakwaters are also being evaluated as complementary features to the beach restoration that could increase the longevity of the project. The enhanced shoreline will act as a buffer between the bay and the residential properties inland.  Reducing the wave action and storm surge of the bay by building a berm and increasing the size of the beach will slow the damaging energy of waves protecting inland properties.  The project however, is currently suspended. 

    Project Partners
    US Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Coastal Engineering

    Contact
    USACE Philadelphia District, Planning
    Jeffrey Gebert
    Jeffrey.A.Gebert@usace.army.mil 

  6. Maurice Twp. Heislerville WMA, Site D, PDE
    Location: Maurice River, Heislerville WMA, Maurice River Twp., Cumberland County, NJ
    Description: The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) proposes to strengthen and expand an installation of bio-based living shorelines along salt marshes in the tidal Maurice River, New Jersey.  The primary goal will be to enhance water quality in this impaired watershed.  Water quality improvement, mediated by filter-feeding mussel beds, was documented, however, not integral to earlier designs.  In this proposed project, at least six new living shoreline cells will be installed in proximity to earlier installations; however, these designs will seek to maximize shellfish- and vegetation-mediated water quality enhancements through Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and particulate nutrients (i.e. nitrogen, phosphorous) filtration.  Outcomes form this project will include the treatment of up to 600 linear feet of eroding marsh shoreline enhancing local water quality as well as increasing coastal resilience, salt marsh stability, fish and wildlife habitat support, and carbon storage capacity.  A goal is to quantify the living shorelines’ effects using up-to-date monitoring approaches and seasonal and spatial models currently being constructed for ecosystem services furnished by coastal wetlands and shellfish communities.

    Project Partners
    Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    Rutgers University Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL)

    Contact
    Danielle Kreeger, Science Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    101 South Poplar Street #202
    Wilmington, DE 19801
    302-655-4990 X104
    dkreeger@delawareestuary.org

  7. Maurice River, Maurice River Marsh
    Location: Maurice River Marsh, Maurice Twp., Cumberland County
    Description: This project proposes the mining of dredge material managed in upland disposal areas and/or main channel of the Delaware Deepening Project to restore tidal, subtidal, wetland and essential fish habitat in the mouth of the Maurice River at its confluence of the Delaware Bay.  The restoration proposed consists of the construction of a living breakwater and the reconstruction of 82 acres of a formerly 140-acre meander of the Maurice River.  The restored project will buffer the Heislerville WMA Dyke and adjacent coastal communities and infrastructure form the impacts of storm surge, sea level rise and more recent incidences of nuisance flooding.  This project proposes to beneficially use dredge material as a base to reconstruct land forms that existed thereby increasing habitat and reducing the impacts of wind and wave energy allowing an opportunity for existing wetlands to recover and/or adapt to changing water regimes without drastic intervention.  The project will be completed via the schedule below.

    Year I – October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017

    • Focuses on baseline characterization, development and implementation of monitoring plan, convening of Project Design Team, community outreach, development of education and outreach plan, permitting coordination and project/construction design (engage contractor)

    Year II – October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018

    • Focuses on monitoring, education and outreach, construction/implementation of Living Breakwater.  The breakwater is critical to stabilizing the mouth of the Maurice River, attenuating wave energy and water volume.  It is anticipated that the breakwater will replace the peninsula of land that formed the south/southwest meander that eroded.  Extensive monitoring and observation post installation of the breakwater will be to observe (beneficial) impact on adjacent wetlands and sub-tidal habitat and fish resources.

    Year III – October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019

    • Will address the re-construction/restoration of the meander, its stabilization and depending upon available and appropriate (topsoil/dredge) material for the planting and re-vegetation.  Monitoring, education and outreach and planning for maintenance and post project monitoring will also be conducted within this phase.

    Project Partners
    NJDEP Division of Science Research and Environmental Health
    The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  8. Middle Township, Green Creek, Cape May County
    Location: Green Creek, Middle Township, Cape May County, New Jersey
    Description: Create a robust sustainable shoreline and bay front dune system to protect the tidal marsh and its associated resources and investments.  Protect and enhance the habitat value and water quality of the tidal marsh.  Create a representative and cooperative group of citizens, stakeholders, and elected officials to develop and maintain shore and long-term measures to achieve project goals.  Create multi-party agreements with key stakeholders for long-term operation and maintenance of the measures required for project sustainability.

    Project Partners
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
    Rutgers University Haskin Shellfish Laboratory
    Cape May CountyPlanning Department, Public Works Department / County Engineer, Mosquito Control Department, and County Counsel
    Middle Township
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
    Cape May Oyster Cooperative

    Contact
    Edward Samanns
    Justin Baker – Cape May County
    914-798-3732

  9. Lower Township, Beach Replenishment and Breakwaters, Lower Township
    Location:  Lower Township shorelines, Cape May County, New Jersey
    Description: Project proposes the use of funds through the Hurricane Sandy Resiliency Competitive Grants Program, maintained by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), that supports projects that reduce communities’ vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and associated threats through the strengthening of natural ecosystems.  The project entails the creation of a FEMA-compliant dune system along the Delaware Bay as a method for shoreline stabilization, flood prevention, and habitat restoration.  Wave attenuators are proposed in areas of shallow water as a method of wave reduction and erosion reduction.  The goal is to restore the quality and enhance the natural functioning of the wetlands associated with the Cox Hall Creek wetlands basin, a new 48” outfall pipe, a new outlet control structure and the replacement of an existing culvert under Clubhouse Drive are also proposed, and the extension of various existing stormwater outfall pipes into the bay are also proposed.

    Project Partners
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
    Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    Barnegat Bay Partnership
    Sustainable Jersey
    New Jersey Sea Grant
    Stevens Institute of Technology
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Contact
    Township of Lower
    2600 Bayshore Rd.
    Villas, NJ 08251
    esimonsen@townshipoflower.org
    (609) 886-2005

  10. West Wildwood Living Shoreline, TNC
    Location: West 26th Avenue Peninsula, West Wildwood, Cape May County, New Jersey
    Description: The project proposes the construction of a living shoreline and marsh restoration to seek the stabilization of the coastline, increase terrestrial and marine habitat, and improve the overall resiliency of the area and the 40 homes affected by recurring nuisance flooding.  The Nature Conservancy also hopes to apply NJDEP’s emerging Citizen Science framework to engage the community in the caretaking of the project beyond the life of the NOAA grant.  The design and permitting of the project is ongoing from what started in 2017, building off the project’s conceptual design.  The first year of the project will be dedicated to baseline monitoring, social science data collection, and engagement of the local community to facilitate their participation in several aspects of the project.  The second year will be focus on construction, and post-construction monitoring.  The final year of the project will be focused on additional monitoring and adaptive maintenance, as well as implementing citizen science engagement and handoff of the project to community caretakers/stakeholders. 

    Project Partners
    The Nature Conservancy
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Resilience Grants Program

    Contact
    Patricia Doerr, Director of Coastal and Marine Program, The Nature Conservancy
    2350 Route 47
    Elmont, NJ 08314
    (609) 861-4123
    pdoerr@tnc.org

    Christopher Ridings, Business Administrator / Office of Emergency Management, Borough of West Wildwood
    701 W. Glenwood Ave.
    West Wildwood, NJ
    (609) 522-4845, Ext. 308
    cridings@westwildwood.org

  11. Margate City
    Location: Absecon Island Area, Margate City, Atlantic County, New Jersey
    Description: Margate City in coordination with various partners are working to address, design and permit at least three sites for marsh restoration in the Absecon Island Area which may include raising the elevations of existing wetlands or creating new wetlands through the beneficial reuse of dredged material.  The three marsh sites will be selected based on having aspects that fall under the restoration criteria.  Once chosen the site will need a variety of further investigations including surveying, water quality data, and vegetation/habitat data.  Additional sites may be identified, provided that they offer an ecological uplift through habitat restoration, natural hazard mitigation solutions and are able to receive the dredged material.

    Project Partners
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    Stockton University Coastal Research Center
    Margate City

    Contact
    Margate City
    9001 Winchester Ave.
    Margate, NJ 08402
    (609) 822-2605

  12. Little Egg Harbor
    Location: Great Bay Boulevard Wildlife Management Area, Little Egg Harbor Township, Ocean County, New Jersey
    Description: Little Egg Harbor Township proposes the construction of 100,000 square feet of new living shoreline along 2,500 linear feet of severely damage coastline, addressing erosion and water quality issues in the tidally influenced areas of the Barnegat Bay and Great Bay Watershed Management Areas.  The two locations for the living shorelines include the Mystic Island Preserve along Iowa Court at Mystic Island (Project A) and the Great Bay Boulevard Wildlife Management Area at Big Thorofare inlet (Project B).

    Project Partners
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
    New Jersey Future
    The New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership
    The Barnegat Bay Partnership (BBP)

    Contact
    Garrett Loesch, Administrator and Finance Officer
    Administrative Justice Complex
    665 Radio Rd.
    Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
    (609) 296-7241, Ext. 220
    loesch@leht.com

  13. Tuckerton ALS
    Location: End of South Green Street, Tuckerton, Ocean County, New Jersey
    Description: The American Littoral Society is proposing a living shoreline project at the end of South Green Street in Tuckerton.  The construction of the living shoreline would consist of reef ball or rubble mound breakwaters and the planting of low marsh and dune grasses.  Plus, a 100-foot section of a damaged bulkhead would be replaced with a vinyl bulkhead, in addition to the living shoreline.

    Project Partners
    American Littoral Society

    Contact
    Capt. Alek Modjeski, American Littoral Society
    8 Hartshorne Dr.
    Highlands, NJ 07732

  14. The Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education
    Location: 140 Camp Lighthouse Rd., Ocean Twp., Ocean County, New Jersey
    Description: The proposed project consists of the deployment of an approximately 600-foot long energy attenuation shallow reef, which will consist of 5-foot tall hollow wave attenuation devices (WADs®) that are engineered structural units specifically designed to attenuate wave energy.  The reef will provide a structure surface for oyster recruitment and create a low energy accretion zone allowing for passive, natural, shoreline regeneration.

  15. Good Luck Point
    Location: 56 Good Luck Dr., Bayville, Berkeley Twp., Ocean County, New Jersey 
    Description: The proposed project consists of a living shoreline adjacent to the Good Luck Point Marina, which includes a proposed restoration and planting of approximately 395 linear feet of salt marsh shoreline at a width of approximately 40 feet.  The project also includes the expansion of a previously completed oyster bed from ½ acre to two acres.  The intent is to place 360 cubic yards of cured whelk shell within the remaining 1.5 acres of the already permitted Good Luck Point site and plant with Spat-on-Shell (SOS) grown at the NOAA funded Ocean Gate Spat Tank.  

    Project Partners
    American Littoral Society

    Contact 
    Capt. Alek Modjeski, Director of Habitat Restoration, American Littoral Society
    18 Hartshorne Dr.
    Highlands, NJ 07732

Federal Consistency

  1. Mordecai Island, Beach Haven, Federal Consistency Project
    Location: Mordecai Island, Beach Haven, Ocean County, New Jersey
    Description: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in coordination with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Office of Dredging and Sediment Technology conducted a dredging project where the dredged material would be beneficially reused to assist in the restoration of Mordecai Island.  Approximately 30,000 cubic yards of material will be dredged from the New Jersey Intercoastal Waterway (NJIWW) between channel markers 107 and 108.  The material will be placed in the breached northern area of the island, and it will be placed to the same elevation as the adjacent existing salt marsh vegetation.  Hay bales will be placed on the eastern edge of the project to confine the material as the sediment will be hydraulically placed.  The placement of sediment will begin with the hay bale edge working west until the gap between the islands is filled and salt marsh vegetation will be planted.

    Project Partners
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    NJDEP Office of Dredging and Sediment Technology

Monitoring Projects

  1. Upper Twp., NJ, Living Shoreline, NJDEP File #0511-08-0006.1
    Location: Bayview Drive Public Boat Launch, Upper Township, Cape May County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File # 0511-08-0006.1, has been approved for this project.  A living shoreline was constructed at 983 Bayview Drive, Sea Isle City in Upper Township, NJ (point 23).  The location is a public boat/kayak launch, where the living shorelines were built on the west and east sides of the launch.  The project was designed to restore and enhance the marine habitat for species such as ribbed mussels and crabs.  The project was completed in May 2017, and will need to utilize volunteer Citizen Science monitoring efforts to help determine the long-term success of the project.  If interested in volunteering with our Coastal Keepers Program, please email garrett.warren@dep.nj.gov.

    Project Partners
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    National Wildlife Federation
    Barnegat Bay Partnership
    Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    Stevens Institute of Technology
    Upper Township, New Jersey

    Important Web Links
    Project Detailed Description
    Project Design
    Project Monitoring Plan
    Project Photos
    Living Shorelines Case Studies and Projects

  2. Atlantic City Gardner’s Basin Living Shoreline, NJDEP File #0102-02-0011.1
    Location: Gardner's Basin, Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #0102-02-0011.1, has been approved for this project.  A living shoreline was constructed in the Gardner’s Basin, off the Absecon Inlet within Atlantic City, NJ (labeled as point 27).  The location was rubble strewn between piers and is approximately 100 feet wide.  The project was designed to provide a more natural shoreline for the site and help protect the 10 historic acres of Gardner’s Basin’s commercial center and park.  The project was completed in May 2017, and will need to utilize volunteer Citizen Science monitoring efforts to help determine the long-term success of the project.  If interested in volunteering with our Coastal Keepers Program, please email garrett.warren@dep.nj.gov.

    Project Partners
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    National Wildlife Federation
    Barnegat Bay Partnership
    Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    Stevens Institute of Technology
    Atlantic City Department of Planning and Development

  3. Brigantine City Brigantine Blvd ROWs Brigantine City, NJDEP File #0103-16-0002.1
    Location: Brigantine Boulevard Right of Ways, Brigantine, Atlantic County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #0103-16-0002.1, has been approved for this project.  Living shorelines were constructed on the right of way ends to Hydrangea Way, Cherokee Boulevard, and Harbor Beach (labeled point 28).  The location is.  The project was designed to provide shoreline stabilization and resiliency from tidal and storm flooding.  The project was completed in May 2017, and will need to utilize volunteer Citizen Science monitoring efforts to help determine the long-term success of the project.  If interested in volunteering with our Coastal Keepers Citizen Science Program, please email garrett.warren@dep.nj.gov.

    Project Partners
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    National Wildlife Federation
    Barnegat Bay Partnership
    Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    Stevens Institute of Technology
    City of Brigantine
    Remington & Vernick Engineers
    Rutala Associates

    Important Web Links:
    Project Detailed Description
    Project Design
    Project Monitoring Plan
    Project Photos
    Living Shorelines Case Studies and Projects

  4. Restoration of Secaucus Drainage Ditches at Meadowlands Parkway NFWF
    Location: 1, 15, and 43 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, Hudson County, New Jersey
    Description: Three drainage ditches (swales) were cleared and restored along 1, 15, and 43 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus, NJ (point 64).  The drainage ditches were cleared of debris and dredged to remove inappropriate material.  The project was designed to provide long-term improvement to the water quality of runoff into the Hackensack River, while enhancing the resiliency of the storm water management systems.  The project was completed in May 2017, and will need to utilize volunteer Citizen Science monitoring efforts to help determine the long-term success of the project.  If interested in volunteering with our Coastal Keepers Citizen Science Program, please email garrett.warren@dep.nj.gov.

    Project Partners
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    National Wildlife Federation
    Barnegat Bay Partnership
    Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    Stevens Institute of Technology
    City of Secaucus
    Remington & Vernick Engineers

    Important Web Links:
    Project Detailed Description
    Project Design
    Project Monitoring Plan
    Project Photos
    Living Shorelines Case Studies and Projects

NJ Permitted Projects

  1. Money Island Road East Living Shoreline, PDE, NJDEP File #0604-14-0003.1
    Location: Money Island Road, Downe Twp., Cumberland County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #29, NJDEP File #0604-14-0003.01, has been approved for this project.  The project included the installation of erosion control devices (e.g. COIR fiber longs/mats), wooden stakes, oyster filled shell bag, marsh vegetation plantings, and ribbed mussels below the mean high-water line.  The erosion control treatment is 144’ and consists of a two-tiered COIR log cusp fortified on the waterward edge with oyster shell bags and oyster castles.  The project was completed in 2014.



    Project Partners
    The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

    Contact
    Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    110 S. Poplar St. Suite 202
    Wilmington, DE 19801

  2. Money Island Road West Living Shoreline, PDE, NJDEP File #0604-14-0003.1
    Location: Money Island Road, Downe Twp., Cumberland County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #29, NJDEP File #0604-14-0003.01, has been approved for this project.  The project included the installation of erosion control devices (e.g. COIR fiber longs/mats), wooden stakes, oyster filled shell bag, marsh vegetation plantings, and ribbed mussels below the mean high-water line.  The erosion control treatment is 55’ and consists of a single COIR log cusp.  The project was completed in 2014.

    Project Partners
    The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

    Contact
    Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
    110 S. Poplar St. Suite 202
    Wilmington, DE 19801

  3. Downe Twp. Fortescue WMA Marsh Restoration, NJDEP File #0604-15-0018.1
    Location: Fortescue Wildlife Management Area, Downe, Twp., Cumberland County
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #29, NJDEP File #0604-15-0018.1, was approved for this project.  Using funds provided by the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Department of the Interior, perform habitat restoration at three locations within the Fortescue Wildlife Management Area.  This was accomplished though the beneficial reuse of dredged material from the Fortescue Creek Channel.  Approximately 35,800 cubic yards of dredged material will be used, where ~11,350 cubic yards will be used for marsh enhancement, ~7,800 cubic yards for dune enhancement, and ~16,650 cubic yards for beach enhancement. The project used thin layering placement to elevate the marsh platform and used other dredge material to increase dune elevations.  The beach and marsh enhancements were completed in 2016 and the dune enhancement completed in 2017.

    Project Partners
    New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
    GreenTrust Alliance
    The Nature Conservancy
    GreenVest, LLC
    Princeton Hydro, LLC
    New Jersey Department of Transportation

    Contact
    Metthea Yepsen
    Metthea.Yepsen@dep.nj.gov
    609-984-7739

  4. Thompson’s Beach, Maurice River Twp., NJDEP File #0609-15-0002.1
    Location: Thompsons Beach Rd. & Delaware Bay Beach, Maurice River Twp., NJ, 083227,    Cumberland County (Blocks 319-335)
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #29, NJDEP File #0609-15-0002.1, has been approved for this project.  This is a habitat restoration project sponsored by the USFWS, and US Department of Interior’s Coastal Resiliency funding.  The goal is to continue the habitat restoration work that was started in 2013 (post Sandy) to restore horseshoe crab habitat / critical spawning beaches along NJ’s Delaware Bay.  The proposed restoration starts with bringing in sand from an upland source, approximately 75,000 cubic yards, that is compatible with the native substrate, and restoring approximately 16 acres of horseshoe crab spawning habitat that was once a vital beach habitat.  Additionally, prior to sand placement and grading, the rubble that remains on the beach from the state’s home acquisition / demolition project will be removed.  The rubble has acted as a significant impingement hazard to crabs that attempt to use Thompson beach for spawning.

    Project Partners
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey
    American Littoral Society
    N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
    Township of Maurice River
    Cumberland County Planning Board

    Contact
    David Wheeler – Executive Director, Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ
    David.wheeler@conservewildlifenj.org
    609-984-6012
    P.O. Box 420
    Trenton, NJ 08625

    Tim Dillingham – Executive Director, American Littoral Society
    tim@littoralsociety.org

    Martin McHugh – Regional NFWF Coordinator
    Martin.McHugh@nfwf.org

    Eric Schrading – Supervisor NJ Field Office, USFWS
    Eric_schrading@fws.gov
    609-383-3938
    927 N. Main St. Suite D
    Pleasantville, NJ 08232

    Larry Niles, Ph.D., Project Lead, American Littoral Society
    Larry.niles@gmail.com
    856-451-0465

    Alek Modjedski, Habitat Restoration Manager, American Littoral Society
    alek@littoralsociety.org

    Dianne F. Daly, CEP, Project Scientist
    Power45@comcast.net
    609-425-4464

    Beth Freiday, Biologist, USFWS
    Elizabeth_Freiday@fws.org
    609-646-9319

    Maurice River Twp.
    asarcletti@mauricerivertwp.org
    856-785-1120
    590 Maine St.
    Maurice River Twp., NJ 08327

  5. Reeds Beach, Cape May Court House, Cape May County, NJDEP File #0506-14-0015.1
    Location: Reeds Beach, N. and S. Beach Drive, Cape May Court House, Cape May County
    Description: A revised Coastal General Permit #29, NJDEP File #0506-14-0015.1, has been approved for this project.  The project consists of the construction of a 200-linear foot single row of bagged conch shell reef and a second outer reef of bagged conch shell that is 100 linear feet in length.  In addition, 39 aquaculture rack and bags will be placed within a 34-foot by 100-foot area.  The rack and bags will each be 10 feet in length by 3 feet in width, with two feet spacing between rack and bag units, and 5-foot to 6-foot spacing between rack segments.  Four fence barriers will be installed perpendicular to the beach to create separate areas of study.  The fences will be three feet in height in the intertidal zone, and will gradually decrease in height tapering lower as they reach the high tide line along the beach slope.  The fences will be constructed from 3-foot high, 1.5-inch mesh, high density polyethylene aquaculture fencing, stacked with 6-foot metal posts, spaced at 10-foot intervals. 

    Project Partners
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    American Littoral Society
    NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife
    Rutgers University Haskins Shellfish Laboratory
    Elder Point Oyster Company, Inc.

    Contact:              
    Barney Hollinger
    2802 High St.
    Port Norris, NJ 08349
    barneyh@ad.com
    856-305-3257

    Larry Niles, Ph.D., Project Lead, American Littoral Society
    Larry.niles@gmail.com
    908-303-3843

  6. Higbee Beach WMA, Lower Twp., NJDEP File #0500-15-0005.1
    Location: Higbee Beach WMA, Lower Township, Cape May County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #0500-15-0005.1, has been approved for this project.  Phases 1 and 2 of the project include the restoration of marsh and upland habitat, and phase 3 consists of the design and construction of an interpretive / educational center.  The project includes the restoration of tidal inundation to the marsh area of Pond Creek without increasing the flood risk and protecting freshwater habitats.  A berm will be constructed that will manage the flood risk and be used to also balance the saltwater and freshwater habitat interests.  The upland habitat within the former magnesite plant location will be restored as well.

    Project Partners
    NJDEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife
    NJDEP, Office of Natural Resource Restoration

    Contact
    Mark Walters, NJDEP, Office of Natural Resource Restoration
    Mark.Walters@dep.nj.gov
    609-633-7338

  7. Avalon, NJ, Marsh Restoration, NJDEP File #0501-14-0028.1
    Location:  Shark Creek, Avalon, Cape May County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #0501-14-0028.1, has been conditionally approved for this project.  Through funding from the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program, administered by the National Fish and Wild (NFWF), project will beneficially reuse dredged material from the New Jersey Intercoastal Waterway (NJICWW) to enhance degraded salt marsh near Shark Creek.  This project was completed in 2015.

    Project Partners
    NJDEP, Division of Fish and Wildlife
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    N.J. Department of Environmental Protection
    National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

    Contact
    David Golden, N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife
    David.golden@dep.nj.gov
    (609) 358-2072

  8. Somers Point City Embankment Somers Point, NJDEP 0121-17-0003.1
    Location: Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, Somers Point, Atlantic County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #0121-17-0003.1 and Flood Hazard Area Individual Permit #0121-17-0003.2 FHA170001, have been approved for this project.  The project will consist of the removal of existing Phragmites and other invasive species along Somers Point-Mays Landing Road and the construction of an embankment utilizing dredge material from the dredging of Higbee Marina above the mean high-water line along the road to provide habitat for native pollinator species.  The embankment will be constructed within the right-of-way of Somers Point-Mays Landing Road and on Block 1953, Lot 1.01, Block 1952, Lot 1, Block 1950, Lot 1, Block 1949, Lot 1, Block 1948, Lot 1, and Block 1947, Lot 1.  Existing stones will be removed from the marina parking area and the placement of dredge material from the dredging of Higbee Marina in a tidal flood hazard area to raise the elevation of the parking area.  The stones will be placed back on the parking area following the placement of the dredge material. 

    Project Partners
    City of Somers Point

    Contact
    Mr. Wes Swain
    c/o City of Somers Point
    1 West New Jersey Avenue
    Somers Point, NJ 08244

  9. Coyle Property, Beach Haven, NJDEP File #1503-08-0003.1

  10. Cedar Bonnet Island, Stafford Twp., NJDOT, NJDEP File #1530-14-0006.1
    Location: Cedar Bonnet Island, Stafford Township, Ocean County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #29, NJDEP File #1530-14-0006.1, has been approved for this project.  The project consists of a habitat restoration and enhancement on Cedar Bonnet Island, which will include the excavation of existing dredge spoils, the creation of intertidal/subtidal shallows, the enhancement of riparian zones and wetlands, the construction of tidal channels into the interior of the island, and the enhancement of the vegetative community on the island by removing invasive species and planting tidal wetland and maritime forest plant species.  Also, a stone trail around the island and two 20’ by 20’ public access pavilions will be constructed.

    Project Partners
    New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)

    Contact
    NJDOT
    1035 Parkway Ave.
    Trenton, NJ 08625

  11. Sedge Island, Beach Haven, NJ, Living Shoreline, NJDEP File #1520-13-0002.1
    Location: Sedge Island, Beach Haven, Ocean County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #1520-13-0002.1, has been approved for this project.  A living shoreline, approximately 280 linear feet, will be constructed along the southern shoreline of Sedge Island.  The living shoreline will utilize shell bags and coir logs based on approved plans.  It will help to enhance and increase the fringing marsh along the edge and thereby enhance habitat values, while providing educational opportunities about the benefits of living shorelines, different treatment options and monitoring of project and ecological success.  The status of this project is ongoing.  Construction has not been started on this project.

    Project Partners
    NJDEP, Division of Science, Research, and Environmental Health
    Barnegat Bay Partnership
    Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

    Contact
    Nick Procopio, NJDEP Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health
    Mail Code 428-01, P.O. Box 420
    428 East State St., 1st Floor
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

  12. Dredge Hole 25, SAV Restoration, NJDEP File #1506-16-0056.1
    Location: Barnegat Bay off West Coast of Lavallette, Ocean County, New Jersey (39°58'15.0"N 74°04'37.0"W)
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #1506-16-0056.1, has been approved for this project.  The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Office of Maritime Resources has proposed the restoration of an ecologically impaired subaqueous borrow pit (dredged hole) and the restoration of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) within the area of the dredged hole.

    Project Partners
    New Jersey Department of Transportation
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

    Contact 
    NJDOT Office of Maritime Resources
    1035 Parkway Ave.
    Trenton, NJ 08625

  13. Cattus Island Living Shoreline Demonstration, NJDEP File #1507-06-0080.1
    Location: Cattus Island, Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #29, NJDEP File #1507-06-0080.1, has been approved for this project.  A habitat creation project with the installation and planting of Gulf Save Bags above and at the mean high-water line for stabilization of the shoreline will be constructed.  The Gulf Saver Bags will be installed within an approximately 4,850 square feet area of a beach area adjacent to Silver Bay at Cattus Island Park.  This project was completed in 2016. 

    Project Partners
    Ocean County Parks Department

    Contact 
    Ocean County Parks Department
    c/o Michael Mangum
    1198 Bandon Rd.
    Toms River, NJ 08753

  14. Dredge Hole 18, SAV Restoration, NJDEP File #1506-16-0055.1
    Location: Long Island Cove off West Coast of Brick Beach, Ocean County, New Jersey (40°00'35.0"N 74°03'42.0"W)
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #1506-16-0055.1, has been approved for this project.  The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Office of Maritime Resources has proposed the restoration of an ecologically impaired subaqueous borrow pit (dredged hole) and the restoration of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) within the area of the dredged hole.

    Project Partners
    New Jersey Department of Transportation
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

    Contact 
    NJDOT Office of Maritime Resources
    1035 Parkway Ave.
    Trenton, NJ 08625

  15. Slade Dale Sanctuary, Point Pleasant, Living Shoreline, NJDEP File #1524-17-0008.1
    Location:             Slade Dale Sanctuary, Point Pleasant Borough, Ocean County, New Jersey
    Description:       A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #1524-17-0008.1, has been approved for this project.  The project involves of a living shoreline that includes the installation of a Christmas tree/branch box breakwater with gaps in between, each approximately 80-foot-long section to allow for tidal flow behind the breakwater.  In addition, Christmas tree vanes will be installed along the shoreline to aid in sediment accrual.  After construction of the structures and proper sediment accrual, the shoreline will be planted with native coastal marsh species.  Construction has not been started on this project.

    Project Partners
    American Littoral Society
    Point Pleasant Borough

    Contact
    Captain Alek Modjeski
    c/o American Littoral Society
    18 Hartshorne Drive
    Highlands, NJ 07732

  16. Portland Place, Shore Stabilization, NJDEP File #1331-17-0001.1
    Location: Hartshorne Road, Portland Place, Middletown Twp., Monmouth County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #1331-17-0001.1, has been approved for this project.  The existing eroded shoreline and coastal bluff located at the Portland Place property will be stabilized.  Specifically, the shoreline stabilization will be accomplished through the use of a two-tiered gabion basket system, a living wall consisting of interlocking Filterexx Earthbloxx units which will be filled with soil and seeded, marine mattresses, rip-rap, and fill material above the mean high water line at the toe of the marine mattresses to achieve the required slope.  In addition, the project proposes elimination of the existing invasive Phragmites waterward of the stabilization area and re-establishment of that area with native coastal wetlands species. 

    Project Partners
    Monmouth County Park System
    Mott MacDonald

    Contact 
    Andrew North, LLA
    c/o Monmouth County Park System
    805 Newman Springs Rd.
    Lincroft, NJ 07738

  17. Earle NWS, Ware Creek, Oyster Reef, NJDEP File #1331-04-0015.1
    Location: Naval Weapons Station - Earle, Ware Creek, Monmouth County, New Jersey
    Description:  A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #1331-04-0015.1, has been approved for this project.  The NY/NJ Baykeepers will construct an experimental oyster reef consisting of 986 oyster structures.  The structures will consist of oyster larvae within a 0.91-acre study area, which is approximately 200 by 200 square feet.  The purpose of the study is to determine whether an artificial oyster reef located parallel to the mouth of Ware Creek will reduce erosional energy at the mouth of the creek.  This project has been completed.

    Project Partners
    N.Y./N.J. Baykeepers
    Naval Weapons Station – Earle

    Contact 
    Raritan Baykeeper, Inc.
    52 West Front Street
    Keyport, NJ 07735

  18. Newark Bay, Newark, NJ, NFWF Living Shoreline / Marsh Restoration, NJDEP File #0714-13-0002.2
    Location: Newark Bay, Newark, NJ, Essex County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #0714-13-0002.2, has been conditionally approved for this project.  A living shoreline will be constructed utilizing a stone revetment backed with a sand shoreline, and wetland restoration.  The project is expected to stabilize and protect the wetland and upland areas from Newark Bay, raising and rebuilding areas experiencing the most severe erosion within the wetland and eradicating invasive species and regrading areas where invasive species are current present.  The project will also consist of the construction of tidal pools and planting clusters of woody vegetation at select locations to provide roosting, nesting and foraging habitat for State threatened yellow and black crowned night herons.  Construction has not been started for this project.  

    Project Partners
    Newark Community Economic Development Corp.
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

    Contact: 
    Scott Blow
    111 Mulberry St.
    Newark, NJ 07102

  19. Downe Twp Fortescue ALS, NJDEP File #0604-01-1001.3
    Location: Jersey Ave., Fortescue, Downe Twp., Cumberland County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #29, NJDEP File #0604-01-1001.3, has been approved for this project.  The project will restore horseshoe crab spawning habitat by placing clean sand, from an upland source, along approximately 1,700 linear feet of beach area along the Delaware Bay.  The project entails the placement of approximately 39,986.6 cubic yards of sand (both above and below the Hight Tide Line) on approximately 5.5 acres of beach area.  This project was completed in 2015.

    Project Partners
    American Littoral Society

    Contact 
    Capt. Alek Modjeski, American Littoral Society

  20. Dyer Cove, Downe Twp., NJ, Horseshoe Crab Habitat Restoration, NJDEP File # 0604-15-0022.1
    Location: Dyer Cove, Downe Twp., Cumberland County, New Jersey                              
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #0604-15-0022.1, has been approved for this project.  Horseshoe crab spawning habitat will be restored by placing clean sand, from an upland source, along approximately 1,900 linear feet of beach area along the Delaware Bay.  The project entails placement of approximately 25,000 cubic yards of sand on approximately 8 acres of beach area.

    Project Partners
    American Littoral Society
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Contact  
    Tim Dillingham, Executive Director
    American Littoral Society
    18 Hartshorne Drive, Suite 1
    Highlands, NJ 07732  

  21. New Brunswick, NJ, Coastal Wetland Restoration, NJDEP File #1214-12-0002.2
    Location: New Brunswick, Lawrence Brook and Raritan River, Middlesex County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #1214-12-0002.2, has been approved for this project.  The project consists of the restoration of coastal wetland habitat located at the confluence of the Lawrence Brook and Raritan River through invasive species eradication and re-vegetation.  The project, as proposed, will enhance 6.16 acres of degraded wetland habitat and 0.61 acres of upland habitat.  This project has been completed.

    Project Partners
    GreenVest

    Contact   
    Brian Cramer, GreenVest, LLC
    91 Fieldcrest Ave., Raritan Plaza II, Suite A-1
    Edison, NJ 08837

  22. Thompson’s Beach, Maurice River Twp. Oyster Reef, NJDEP File #0600-16-0001.1
    Location: Thompson’s Beach, Maurice River Twp., Cumberland County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #0600-16-0001.1, has been approved for this project.  One reef consisting of two rows of bagged shells which are each 205 linear feet in length and arranged parallel to the shoreline, with 5’ of separation between each segment will be installed. Each bag or shell filled nylon knotless holding box will be 8’ in length, 4’ in width and will not exceed 4’ in height with 1.5” squares that can expand to 3”.  Temporary seasonal fencing will be installed, and will remain in place from April through June. No structures shall be placed in the open control areas.

    Project Partners
    The American Littoral Society

    Contact   
    American Littoral Society
    18 Hartshorne Dr. Suite 1
    Highlands, NJ 07732

  23. Moore’s Beach, Maurice River Twp. Oyster Reef, NJDEP File #0600-16-0001.1
    Location: Moore’s Beach, Maurice River Twp., Cumberland County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #0600-16-0001.1, has been approved for this project.  One reef consisting of two rows of bagged shells which are each 200 linear feet in length and arranged in a herring bone pattern, with 5’ of separation between each bag segment will be installed. Each bag is 8’ in length, 4’ in width and will not exceed 2’ in height.  Temporary seasonal fencing will be installed, and will remain in place from April through June. No structures shall be placed in the open control areas.

    Project Partners
    The American Littoral Society

    Contact   
    American Littoral Society
    18 Hartshorne Dr. Suite 1
    Highlands, NJ 07732

  24. Dyer’s Cove, Downe Twp. Oyster Reef, NJDEP File #0600-16-0001.1
    Location: Dyer’s Cove, Downe Twp., Cumberland County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #0600-16-0001.1, has been approved for this project.  The installation of two reefs each consisting of two rows of bagged shells which are each 200 linear feet in length and arranged in a herring bone pattern, with 5’ of separation between each bag segment. Each bag is 8’ in length, 4’ in width and will not exceed 2’ in height.  Temporary seasonal fencing will be installed, and will remain in place from April through June. No structures shall be placed in the open control areas.

    Project Partners
    The American Littoral Society

    Contact   
    American Littoral Society
    18 Hartshorne Dr. Suite 1
    Highlands, NJ 07732

  25. Mordecai Island, Beach Haven Oyster Castle Breakwater, NJDEP File #1503-04-0012.2
    Location: Mordecai Island, Beach Haven, Ocean County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #1503-04-0012.2, has been approved for this project.  An oyster castle breakwater consisting of four oyster castles within a 14’ by 100’ area along the southwestern shoreline of the island will be constructed.    

    Project Partners
    Mordecai Land Trust

    Contact 
    Jim Dugan, Mordecai Land Trust
    P.O. Box 1177
    Medford, NJ 08055

  26. Thompson’s Beach Marsh Restoration Using Dredged Material, ALS, NJDEP File #0609-10-0007.2
    Location: Thompson’s Beach Marsh, Blocks 319, 320, Lots 31,14, Maurice River Twp., Cumberland County, New Jersey
    Description: A Coastal General Permit #24, NJDEP File #0609-10-0007.2, has been approved for this project.  The project consists of the dredging of up to approximately 6,800 linear feet of tidal creeks, both east and west of the public boat launch on Thompson’s Beach Road (Eastern Creek and Western Creek), restoration of up to 3.75 acres of a mudflat sparsely vegetated with Spartina alterniflora (Eastern Area) through the elevation of the marsh platform through deposition of material dredged from the Eastern and Western creeks, and the restoration of up to 9.95 acres (Southern Area) of Spartina alterniflora low-marsh to promote the growth of high marsh vegetation.  Up to eight inches of dredged material from the Eastern and Western creeks will be the source of the material.  Haybales and coir logs will be used during the sediment deposition process as per the approved plans. 

    Project Partners
    American Littoral Society

    Contact
    The American Littoral Society
    c/o Tim Dillingham and Aleksandr Modjeski
    18 Hartshorne Dr. Suite 1
    Highlands, NJ 07732
               

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