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Absecon Island Coastal Storm Risk Management

Update 

Following Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District received funding and approval to restore the Absecon Island Coastal Storm Risk Management project to its full design level. Work involves pumping 1.3 million cubic yards of sand onto the oceanfront beaches of Atlantic City and Ventnor City as well as subsequent work on dune crossovers, sand fencing and dune grass planting. Work was completed in December of 2013. 

The Philadelphia District is now working to complete remaining project requirements before proceeding to construct the remainder of the Absecon Island project. These steps include a project review, environmental coordination and working the sponsor, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection on necessary agreements. 

Project Background

The Absecon Island project is designed to reduce storm damages to homes and infrastructure from the waves, high tides and storm surges associated with these events. The communities along the New Jersey shoreline have suffered significant storm damages from nor’easters and hurricanes and are at risk to suffer further damages from coastal storms. The health and productivity of a coastal community and its beachfront are linked. This project will not only act to reduce the damages to the oceanfront infrastructure, but will protect the island from devastating erosion and damage. In turn, this will help the communities continue to thrive as a destination for beach patrons, surfers, fishermen, and wildlife enthusiasts.

Project Authority

Construction of the Brigantine Inlet to Great Egg Harbor Inlet, Absecon Island New Jersey Storm Damage Reduction Project, is authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1996. A Project Cooperation Agreement to construct the project was signed July 2003 with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Completed Work on Absecon Island

Completed Work on Absecon Island

In 2004, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection completed initial construction at Atlantic City and Ventnor City. Periodic nourishment is scheduled for a 3 year cycle. The first full-scale renourishment of the project was completed in the summer of 2012 prior to Hurricane Sandy. 

Additionally, in 2009, severe nor’easter events damaged portions of the constructed project. In June 2011, with funds from the Flood Control & Coastal Emergency, (FCCE), program, the Philadelphia District completed an emergency repair of the Atlantic City and Ventnor City beaches to the prestorm conditions. Following Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers received funding and approval to complete a full restoration of the project to its initial design level. Work was completed in 2013. 

Year
Amount of Sand (cubic yards)
2004 (Initial Construction)
7,000,000
2011 (FCCE)
1,100,000
2012 (Periodic Nourishment)
1,325,000 
2013 (FCCE - Hurricane Sandy)
1,300,000 

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