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FACT SHEET - Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay, Union Beach, NJ

Coastal Storm Risk Management Study

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published Dec. 20, 2023

DESCRIPTION: The Borough of Union Beach, New Jersey, the project area is located in the northern portion of Monmouth County, New Jersey. It occupies an approximate 1.8 square mile area of land along the coast of Raritan Bay.  The area is located in low elevation regions with numerous small creeks providing drainage.  Low-lying residential and commercial structures in the area experience flooding caused by coastal storm inundation.  This problem has progressively worsened in recent years due to loss of protective beaches and increased urbanization in the area with structures susceptible to flooding from rainfall and coastal storm surges, erosion and wave attack, combined with restrictions to channel flow in the tidal creeks.  The area was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

AUTHORIZATION: The project was authorized for construction in the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-114) on November 8, 2007. Subsequent funding and authorization is provided via P.L. 113-2, The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013.

STATUS:   The Project Partnership Agreement was executed by NJDEP and the US Army Corps of Engineers on January 3rd 2018.  Plans and specifications for Phase 1, the shoreline component, are complete.  Contract 1 that consists of sand placement, terminal groins, dune crossovers and outfall extension has been awarded.  Contract 1 is scheduled to be completed in spring 2024.  Design and planning of remaining contracts is underway.


David Gentile

Project Manager

P: (917) 790-8483

Email:  David.T.Gentile@usace.army.mil

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

26 Federal Plaza

New York, NY 10278