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Title: Final Environmental Assessment : Barnegat Inlet to Little Egg Inlet (Long Beach Island), New Jersey : Storm Damage Reduction Project
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Philadelphia District
Keywords: New Jersey
Shore protection
Environmental protection
Environmental management
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Philadelphia District.
Abstract: Loss of sand from New Jersey coastal beaches and dunes is a serious problem that affects both the coastal environment and important public and private infrastructure. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has selected beach nourishment as the most effective way to address the problem and previously constructed segments of the Long Beach Island (LBI) project using sand from Borrow Area D1. The LBI project is needed to stem chronic coastal erosion and restore and enhance hurricane and storm damage protection provided by the beach and dune system. There is not sufficient volume of beach-compatible sand remaining in Borrow Area D1 to continue maintaining and complete the project. In addition, since the discovery of Discarded Military Munitions (DMM) within Borrow Area D1 during the initial LBI beachfill operation in March 2007, PCOE has been employing munitions screens on the dredging intake for subsequent beach nourishment projects to prevent DMM from being deposited on the beaches. The “sieved” method of pumping with screens renders less material in the borrow area available for beach placement. To construct the remaining segments of the LBI project and continue maintenance of the project as authorized, the PCOE must have access to a different borrow area to construct and maintain the beach and dune system. This EA provides an evaluation of the OCS Borrow Area D2 and updates the conditions and effects analyses of the project in support of the BOEM’s related proposed action: authorizing use of OCS sand, in response to the PCOE’s request for use of OCS sand under the authority granted to the Department of the Interior by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA). The proposed action is necessary because the Secretary of the Interior delegated the authority granted in the OCSLA to the BOEM to authorize the use of OCS sand resources for the purpose of shore protection and beach restoration.
Description: Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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