replenishment project for the Ocean County beaches between Manasquan
Inlet and Barnegat Inlet is part of a massive plan to protect all New
Jersey beaches from future storms, but the work is not likely to be
complete by summer 2014, an Army Corps of Engineers official said on Monday.
is a better chance that work at least could be started by then, said
Jeff Gebert, chief of coastal planning for the Army Corps of Engineers'
was a featured speaker at the annual Major Coastal Conference sponsored
by the Northeast Shore and Beach Preservation Association (NSBPA) and
hosted by the Coastal Research Center of The Richard Stockton College of
New Jersey. The three-day conference (Sept. 9 to 11) features speakers
on a variety of coastal-related disciplines with many sessions related
to the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
a session on Army Corps of Engineers projects in the Philadelphia
District (from Manasquan Inlet through Delaware), Gebert said that Ocean
County is one of three "authorized but unconstructed" projects in the
work can begin, the Army Corps must complete a "Limited Re-evaluation
Report," a cost-benefit analysis that then must be reviewed at various
levels in the federal government hierarchy, Gebert said.
then can implementation and bidding begin — a process subject to
competing demands for limited dredging equipment and contractors. Gebert
said he does not anticipate that the entire sequence and the ensuing
work will be complete before the next beach season in Ocean County.
Sandy breached the barrier island at Mantoloking, and the 15-mile
stretch of beaches including Point Pleasant, Lavellette and Seaside
Heights saw some of the worst damage of the record storm that made
landfall in October 2012.
by the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act and funded with part of the more
than $50 billion in approved Sandy disaster relief, the Army Corps is
committed to a comprehensive plan to rebuild and maintain all New Jersey
beaches and dune systems over time. The planned work throughout the
region will cost billions of dollars.
other major "authorized by unconstructed" projects include Ocean City
to Sea Isle City in Cape May County and Oakwood Beach on Staten Island.
complete projects include Long Beach Island (where noncontiguous
beaches have been replenished) and Atlantic City (where Atlantic City
and Ventnor are in renourishment phases and Margate and Longport have
not been replenished).
district also includes 10 completed projects (in renourishment phases)
and one in the final feasibility phase. Sea Bright to Manasquan Inlet in
Monmouth County will be next — with four contracts awarded or opening
Army Corps has a green light to do immediate additional work at any of
the "completed projects" but must follow an approval process for the
"authorized but unconstructed" projects.
"That's one of the ironies of Sandy," Gebert said. "Although they've been authorized, we can't take any direct action."