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Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project

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UPDATED: February 2016


APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

LOCATION:  The study area is located on the Atlantic coast of Ocean County, New Jersey, extending approximately 14 miles from Point Pleasant Beach to Island Beach State Park, a barrier island wildlife area.

DESCRIPTION: This project was authorized by Section 1001 (32) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007. The study investigated flood and coastal storm damage effects with a view toward reducing impacts from coastal erosion and storms. The study investigated flood and coastal storm damage effects with a view toward reducing impacts from coastal erosion and storms. The recommended plan calls for construction of a beach fill with a berm and dune along the study area oceanfront utilizing sand from an offshore borrow source and periodic nourishment for a period of 50 years. Initial fill requirements would be about 10 million cubic yards, with periodic nourishment at 4-year intervals with about 1 million cubic yards placed.

Project Goals: The purpose of this project investigated hurricane and coastal storm damage reduction, and recommendation of a beach fill. With a berm and dune and a periodic nourishment for a period of 50 years.

STATUS: The Chief of Engineers Report was completed in December 2003.  This project was authorized in the 2007 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). 

Between October 27 & 30, 2012, Hurricane Sandy significantly damaged the New Jersey coast from Sandy Hook to Cape May and up the Delaware Bay. This project was hit especially hard with a breach in Mantoloking and significant damage to Seaside Heights, Mantoloking, Ortley Beach, Lavallette and Seaside Park. Significant damage also occurred to piers, boardwalks, amusements, residential and commercial properties.  In response, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on January 29, 2013 as Public Law 113-2 (Act).  

The legislation provides supplemental appropriations to address damages caused by Hurricane Sandy and to reduce future flood risk in ways that will support the long-term sustainability of the coastal ecosystem and communities, and reduce the economic costs and risks associated with large-scale flood and storm events. 

This project was determined to be eligible for P.L. 113-2 2013 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (Hurricane Sandy) funds as an Authorized but Unconstructed project.  The term “authorized but unconstructed project” refers to previously authorized projects for which no physical construction has occurred as well as projects that contain elements where construction has not been completed.

In FY13 & FY14 $1,750,000 in PL 113-2 funds were provided to begin the process towards initiation and completion of initial construction. These funds are being used to complete the necessary steps towards initial construction. These steps include completion of the Limited Reevaluation Report (LRR); develop, approve and execute the Project Partnership Agreement; acquire the necessary real estate; complete plans and specifications; and advertise and award the construction contract.

A LRR is a post authorization study that evaluates a specific portion of the approved plan under current policies, criteria and guidelines, and may be limited to economics, environmental effects or, in rare cases, project formulation. A LRR documents the results of the analysis undertaken.

For this project a HSLRR specific to Hurricane Sandy was completed & approved which recommended moving forward with initial construction under PL 113-2. This HSLRR was used to support the development of a PPA which was executed on 18 July 2014.

The sponsor is currently acquiring the necessary real estate as the plans & specifications for the construction contract are being completed. This has been complicated as there have been legal challenges. Pending resolution of real estate advertisement of the construction contract is currently scheduled for Spring 2015 but is subject to change. PL 113-2 CG funds will be utilized to complete initial construction at 100% Federal. Initial construction is currently estimated at $167M. Based on PL 113-2 this project requires the non-Federal sponsor to reimbursed 35% (~$58M) of the initial construction cost.

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SPONSOR: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Date of Project Partnership Agreement: 18 July 2014     

Target Completion Date: 2065

Total Estimated Cost: $513.9 M

Federal Funds Appropriated: $3.55 M

Non-Federal Share: $255,000