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FACT SHEET-Shark River, New Jersey

Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance and Stewardship

Published Feb. 1, 2018

DESCRIPTION:  The existing project provides for a channel 18 feet deep at mean low water and 150 feet wide, across the bar at the entrance to the inlet; thence 12 feet deep and generally 100 feet wide through the Main and South Channels to the Route 35 Bridge; thence 8 feet and 100 feet wide to the upper limit of the Belmar Municipal Boat Basin, with additional depths and widths where necessary and practicable to produce satisfactory current velocities at bridges.  The total length of the project is approximately 1.7 miles, including the 12-foot deep, 7.3-acre anchorage area immediately east of the Route 4-N bridge.  

AUTHORIZATION:  The Rivers and Harbors Act of 1945 authorized the Federal Navigation project for Shark River.  

COMMERCE: Asset provides navigation access for commercial fishing vessels and a U.S. Coast Guard Station.  Dredged sand is placed in the near shore area creating a temporary berm that provides some erosion and shore protection to the downdrift beach for Avon-by-the-Sea.  

STATUS:  Shoals located at the entrance to the inlet continue to develop and are dredged annually in late spring.  They were last dredged in July2017.  These same recurring shoals were previously dredged in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and then on average every 6 months going back to 2006.  Each time, approximately 25,000 to 30,000 CY of dredged material was removed by the Corps dredge CURRITUCK and placed north of the L-jetty at the Borough of Avon-by-the Sea as a near shore berm in approximately 10 –14 feet of water for beneficial use purposes so that the sand can continue to nourish the down drift sand beaches.  



Edward Wrocenski, Project Manager


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District        

26 Federal Plaza       

New York, NY 10278             


District Area: NJ #6



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