DESCRIPTION: The project consists of 21 miles of shoreline from the Township of Sea Bright to the Manasquan Inlet in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The beach erosion control project provides beach erosion control protection of the shoreline that protects the highly populated communities and infrastructure located along this area of the New Jersey shoreline. Storm damage reduction is provided by constructing a 100 foot wide beach berm at a total elevation of +12 ft mean low water (MLW), +9.3 ft North Atlantic Vertical Datum (NAVD). The project includes periodic nourishment of the restored beaches on a 6-year cycle for a period of 50 years from the start of initial construction. The non-Federal sponsor for the project is the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, who is responsible for acquiring all lands, easements, and rights-of-way and providing 35% of the total costs of the project. The project area is divided into two sections: Section I - which extends for 12 miles from Sea Bright to Loch Arbour (formally Ocean Township), and Section II - which includes the 9 miles from Asbury Park to the Manasquan Inlet.
AUTHORIZATION: River and Harbor Act of July 3, 1958, in accordance with House Document No.332, 85th Congress, second session, as modified by Section 854 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (PL99-662) and further modified by Section 4 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1988 (PL100-676) and Section 102 (r) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 (PL102-580).
STATUS: This project has been in the periodic renourishment phase since original completion. The initial construction of this project was initiated in 1994 and completed in 2001 (with the exception of Elberon, Deal, Allenhurst, and Loch Arbour). Federal funding has been available for several renourishment contracts. The District repaired and restored this project after Hurricane Sandy through the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies Act (Public Law 84-99) and the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, Public Law 113-2). The work included replacing the sand lost during the storm as well as restoring the project to its original design profile, including initial construction from Elberon to Loch Arbour. This effort included the placement of more than 8 million cubic yards of sand. This repair and restore effort was 100 percent federally funded and completed in the Summer of 2014. The initial construction from Elberon to Loch Arbour was completed in December 2016. The most recent renourishment cycle, in Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach and Long Branch, was completed in November 2020 with the placement of 2.8M cubic yards of material. The contract was funded with FY19 and FY20 appropriations, as well as non-Federal contributions from NJDEP, Monmouth County and the three municipalities for a total of $55.1M. The District received $24M in federal funds for FY21 for renourishment in Section II (Asbury Park to Manasquan). Contract award is scheduled for September 2021.
Mr. Jason Shea
P: (917) 790-8727
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-04, NJ-06