State officials announced Wednesday that the effort to clean debris and
accumulated sediment from state waterways following Superstorm Sandy has
come to an end.
The grand total, nearly a year after the storm
struck: 360,000 cubic yards of sediment removed and 101,716 cubic yards
of debris removed.
In all, 6,019 submerged objects were taken out
of state waterways while 194 vessels and vehicles and four
nearly-intact homes were removed.
Crews surveyed nearly 195,000 acres using side-scan sonar to detect debris, officials said.
success of this massive project is the result of a true team effort
involving not just the DEP, but the hard work of our contractors, our
sister state agencies, the federal government and local and county
governments," said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, in a statement. "With
this enormous effort, we were able to clear debris from bays, inlets,
wetlands and the ocean."
The waterway debris is in addition to 8 million cubic yards of debris removed from the streets of storm-ravaged communities.
DEP hired three contractors through public bidding to focus the
federally-funded water cleanup effort in separate coastal regions.
CrowderGulf and AshBritt, Inc. won the two contracts that covered the
shore area, for $16.7 million and $6.5 million, respectively. Donjon
Marine won a contract to clean up North Jersey waterways for $18
The cleanup effort was funded through federal sources, state officials have said.
debris removal is ending, sediment removal from state waters will
continue through the fall, a state from the Department of Environment
Protection said. In addition, the state Department of Transportation is
developing a separate plan to dredge state channels, some of which
suffered impact from Superstorm Sandy.
State channels include the
heavily-used Oyster Creek and Double Creek channels, which connect
Barnegat Bay with Barnegat Inlet. The Intracoastal Waterway – the main
channel through the bay – is a federal channel.