DESCRIPTION: The Borough of Deal and Ocean Township are located in Monmouth County, New Jersey, approximately 4 miles south of Long Branch, New Jersey, along the Atlantic Ocean. Poplar Brook originates at the western boundary of Ocean Township and flows through the Borough of Deal into the Atlantic Ocean. A recurring flooding problem exists along Poplar Brook as a result of restrictive flow characteristics owing to insufficient cross-sectional areas of the channel and several inadequately sized culverts. In the Borough of Deal, flooding occurs along Almyr Avenue, causing a disruption of roadway traffic and first floor flooding of several residential structures. In Ocean Township, the Poplar Village (a senior citizens housing complex) and Brookside Avenue locations also experience major flooding. The specific opportunities identified for this study are to reduce the flood hazards and associated urban damages from fluvial floods; to maintain the fish and wildlife resources of the existing stream, as well as the cultural attributes of significant sites found within potential project boundaries; and to ensure the integrity of the water quality of the stream in the study area.
AUTHORIZATION: Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948, as amended (33 U.S.C. 701s)
STATUS: A reconnaissance report recommending a combination of flood risk management improvements was completed in September 1994. That report identified a federal interest and recommended further investigation of the placement of a ring levee to protect the Poplar Village senior citizens complex; clearing and snagging of the brook and its culverts; and the raising of Whale Pond Road to create a natural detention basin to offset the loss of storage caused by the ring levee, while ensuring no increases in flood stage. The feasibility study began in March 1997, but completion was deferred, pending receipt of study scope concurrence and local funding by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the non-federal sponsor. Non-federal funds became available in the summer of 2003 and project coordination efforts were initiated. Detailed engineering, environmental, and other studies have been ongoing and will all become part of the Feasibility Report, which is the document by which the Corps of Engineers decides whether there is a plan establishing a federal government interest in becoming involved in construction. Alternatives are currently being analyzed for their potential flood risk management benefits. Preparation of a draft Detailed Project Report is currently scheduled for late calendar year 2019. Subsequent to completion of the Feasibility Phase, a Project Partnership Agreement would need to be executed between NJDEP and the Corps of Engineers in order to initiate the design and implementation phase of the project.
Mr. Alek Petersen
P: (917) 790-8624
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Programs and Project Management Division
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-06