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Coastal Storm Risk Management Background

The New Jersey Atlantic Ocean coastline extends from Sandy Hook to Cape May, New Jersey, covering a range of approximately 130 miles.  The New Jersey coastline from Manasquan Inlet south to Cape May Point lies within the boundaries of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Philadelphia District while from Manasquan Inlet north is under the jurisdiction of the USACE, New York District. Seven federally authorized beachfill projects have been constructed along the Philadelphia District’s New Jersey coastline. The Philadelphia District oversees the entire Delaware coast as well as the Delaware Bay. The District has constructed five coastal storm damage reduction projects in Delaware. These projects are designed and built to reduce storm damages to infrastructure from hurricanes and northeasters.

Project Status and Updates

Following Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District worked to restore its previously constructed Coastal Storm Risk Management projects in New Jersey and Delaware. These areas already had an engineered beach system in place before the storm hit.  

New Jersey  

  • Long Beach Island (Harvey Cedars, Surf City and Brant Beach (34-57th Streets)
  • Absecon Island (Atlantic City & Ventnor City)
  • Brigantine 
  • North Ocean City   
  • Avalon & Stone Harbor 
  • Cape May City 
  • Lower Cape May Meadows 

The USACE Philadelphia District is now working to construct projects that were authorized by Congress, but not yet built when Hurricane Sandy hit. These areas include the rest of Absecon Island and Long Beach Island as well as the stretch of developed coastline between the Manasquan Inlet and Barnegat Inlet; the stretch between the Great Egg Harbor Inlet and Townsends Inlet; and Oakwood Beach on the Delaware Bay. USACE is currently completing thorough reviews of these projects; coordinating with environmental resource agencies; and developing the necessary agreements with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. 

The New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages missions in New Jersey north of Manasquan Inlet. Click here to visit their page regarding coastal storm risk management activities in their region


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District awarded three contracts to restore Delaware projects damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Work was completed in 2013. 

  • Rehoboth & Dewey, Bethany & South Bethany & Fenwick Island
  • Restoration of North Shore of Indian River Inlet
  • Roosevelt Inlet and Lewes Beach

Coastal Storm Risk Management