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Title: Final Environmental Assessment : National Regional Sediment Management (RSM) Program, WRDA 2016 Section 1122 Beneficial Use Pilot Project, Oyster Creek Channel, Barnegat Inlet Federal Navigation Project, Ocean County, New Jersey
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Philadelphia District
Keywords: Barnegat Inlet (N.J.)
Dredging spoil
Environmental management
Environmental protection
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Philadelphia District.
Abstract: The purpose of this project is to maintain the Barnegat Inlet Federal Navigation Project by dredging the channels to authorized depth and utilizing the dredged material for economic and environmental benefits. Under the Section 1122 program, the Philadelphia District USACE seeks to develop innovative approaches for the beneficial use of maintenance material for shoreline protection and habitat creation/restoration in Barnegat Bay that will inform and support beneficial use projects in the future and keep sediments in the natural system. There is considerable opportunity within the sediment-rich Barnegat Inlet complex to use dredged sediments from state and federal channels for beneficial use through placement on adjacent beaches, for marsh enhancement, and island creation. Such projects would improve overall coastal system resilience within the Barnegat Inlet region and other regions of New Jersey. The study area is a complex and dynamic coastal system on the New Jersey Atlantic Ocean Coast. Barnegat Bay is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the long Barnegat Peninsula (barrier island), the southern end of IBSP and the north end of Long Beach Island. Barnegat Bay connects with the ocean through Barnegat Inlet. The watershed is a valuable yet vulnerable resource for the state of New Jersey. It has a total area of 660 square miles. Nearly all 33 municipalities in Ocean County lie within the Barnegat Bay watershed, as well as four municipalities in Monmouth County. Nearly 600,000 people populate the area year-round, while the number doubles during summer months. The Oyster Creek channel is located in Barnegat Bay west of IBSP and connects Barnegat Inlet with the NJIWW. The shallow marine environment contains numerous sand shoals and islands vegetated with salt marsh grasses and in some areas SAV.
Description: Environmental Assessment
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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