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UPDATED: February 2016


APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General (Continuing Construction, Periodic Nourishment)

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction (with Mitigation of  Federal Navigation Project)

AUTHORITY:  Rivers and Harbor Act of 1907 (PL 168,) and the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (PL 99-662).

LOCATION:  The project is located on the Atlantic coast of New Jersey, extending from the southwest jetty of Cape May Inlet to 3rd Ave. in Cape May City.  It includes the communities of the City of Cape May and Lower Township, and the US Coast Guard Training Center, all located in Cape May County.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project provides flood and coastal storm damage reduction to the above-mentioned communities and USCG Training Center.  The project consists of initial beachfill (25 to 180-foot wide berm at elevation +8 feet NGVD) with periodic nourishment on a 2-year cycle, extension of 17 storm water outfalls, reconstruction of  7 groins and construction of two new groins, and a shoreline monitoring program for the project area.  Construction of a 2,560-foot rubble mound weir-breakwater is deferred pending demonstration of need.

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project provides hurricane and coastal storm damage reduction to the communities and USCG Training center.

PROJECT STATUS: FY 11 funds were used to complete the 9th periodic nourishment cycle. This contract was awarded in September 2011 and completed in January 2012. The 10th periodic nourishment cycle originally scheduled for FY 13 will be rescheduled 2 years from the completion of the repair and restoration work currently scheduled and described below in response to Hurricane Sandy. The 2 years is based on the periodic renourishment cycle. 

Between October 27 & 30, 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused significant damage to the New Jersey coast from Sandy Hook to Cape May and up the Delaware Bay. FCCE - Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies funds under Public Law 84-99 were used to complete a Project Information Report (PIR). The results of the PIR determined that the project was eligible for FCCE funding to repair the project to pre-storm conditions. Additionally, in response to P.L. 113-2 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, a PIR Addendum was completed to determine whether the project was eligible for FCCE funding under P.L. 113-2 to restore the project to design template.  Both the PIR and Addendum were approved. 

A contract to complete the repairs and restoration was awarded in April 2013 with physical construction beginning in November 2013 and completed on 18 Jan 14. 

FY 16 funds are being used for design, P&S & construction contract for the 10th periodic nourishment. Contract scheduled for Sep 2016.





Initial Construction

Jul 1991

8th Periodic Nourishment Cycle

Oct 2008

Mar 2009


9th Periodic Nourishment Cycle

Oct 2011

Jan 2012

 FCCE Emergency (Sandy)       Nov 2013          Jan 2014   

10th Periodic Nourishment Cycle


FY16 Work Plan Funds

SPONSOR: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Date of Project Partnership Agreement: July 1991

Target Completion Date: Ongoing construction through 2039

Total Estimated Cost: $127.6M

Federal Funds (including USCG) Appropriated: $54.06 M

Non-Federal Share: $4,155,000