DESCRIPTION & STATUS: The New York District Corps of Engineers completed a Federally-funded reconnaissance level study to determine whether there is a Federal interest in watershed-based ecosystem restoration, navigation, flood damage reduction, and other allied water resources problems and opportunities for the Wreck Pond Watershed, Monmouth County, New Jersey. In light of significant loss of aquatic and wetland habitat, as well as recurring water quality problems throughout several municipalities (including multiple beach closings) and flood damage from storms in Fall 2005 and Spring 2007, the Corps of Engineers examined the entire watershed, which includes the Boroughs of Sea Girt, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, and Wall Township. All four municipalities participate in the steering committee. The reconnaissance study examined existing research, field conditions and watershed study criteria to determine whether any watershed-based opportunities for flood damage reduction, ecosystem restoration, multiple purpose navigation or other allied purposes existed and determined that there was in fact Federal interest in carrying the Study forward into the Feasibility Phase.
Prior to Hurricane Sandy, a feasibility study was underway. Serious damages to the project area made the flood risk management study eligible for completion at full federal cost via the P.L. 113-2, The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013. The State of New Jersey and local municipalities are currently constructing a second outfall that will address the flood risk and have requested that the Corps, through the original authorization, continue to work with the non-federal partners on a Study focusing on coastal ecosystem restoration. Initiation of this work is underway.
AUTHORIZATION: The study was originally authorized via a resolution adopted on October 26, 2005 by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the United States House of Representatives.
The Wreck Pond study will be completed with funds authorized by the Disaster Relief Appropriation Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-2).
Ms. Jenifer Thalhauser; Regional Project Manager - New Jersey
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Phone: (917) 790-8632
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coastal Restoration and Special Projects Branch
Programs and Project Management Division - Civil Works
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278-0090
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-4