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Ocean City Coastal Storm Risk Management

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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ‑2

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

AUTHORITY: Committee Resolution on December 15, 1970 under the provisions of Section 201 of P.L. 89-298. Project reauthorized with provisions for construction of separable elements under Section 831(1) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986, P.L. 99-662.

LOCATION: The project is located in Cape May County, New Jersey. Great Egg Harbor Inlet provides a tidal connection from the Atlantic Ocean to Great Egg Harbor Bay and the NJIWW. Peck Beach is occupied in its entirety by the City of Ocean City and extends from Great Egg Harbor Inlet southwest to Corson Inlet, a distance of about 8 miles.

DESCRIPTION: The project consists of providing initial beach fill, with subsequent periodic nourishment, with a minimum berm width of 100 feet at an elevation of +8.0 National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). The beach fill extends from Surf Road southwest to 34th Street with a 1,000-foot taper south of 34th Street. This plan required the initial placement of approximately 6.2 million cubic yards of material and subsequent periodic nourishment of approximately 1.1 million cubic yards every 3 years. The material for the initial construction and periodic nourishment is being taken from the ebb shoal area located approximately 5,000 feet offshore of the Great Egg Harbor Inlet. This periodic dredging of the ebb shoal area will help alleviate the navigation difficulties in the inlet. Additionally, the initial construction of the project required the extension of 38 storm drain pipes.

PROJECT GOALS: For the purpose of hurricane and storm damage reduction, this project provides a beach fill with periodic nourishment, and a berm along Surf Road southwest to 34th Street in great Egg Harbor and Peck Beach.


Phase


Quantity


Complete

Initial Construction (Ph I)

2,618,000

Oct 1992

Initial Construction (Ph II)

2,727,000

Mar 1993

Storm Rehab

846,000

Jul 1993

1st Periodic Nourishment (Ph I)

606,000

Dec 1994

1st Periodic Nourishment (Ph II)

1,411,000

Aug 1995

2nd Periodic Nourishment

800,000

Oct 1997

3rd Periodic Nourishment

1,351,000

Dec 2000

4th Periodic Nourishment

1,600,000

Feb 2004

5th Periodic Nourishment

1,400,000

Mar 2010

6th Periodic Nourishment

1,000,000

May 2013

FCCE Emergency (Sandy)

   800,000 May 2013
7th Periodic Nourishment
 1,000,000 Dec 2015 
FCCE/ 8th Periodic Nourishment  1,276,777 Dec 2017 

SPONSOR: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

DATE OF PROJECT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: 18 September 1991

TARGET COMPLETION DATE: 2041

PROJECT MANAGER: Dwight Pakan