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UPDATED: February 2016


APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Operation & Maintenance, General


LOCATION:  In Cape May County, between the southwest end of Five Mile Island and the US Coast Guard Base, Cape May.

DESCRIPTION: This project provides for an entrance channel 25 feet deep and 400 feet wide, protected by two parallel stone jetties, and extending from the 25-foot depth curve in the ocean to a line 500 feet landward of a line joining the inner ends of the jetties; thence 20 feet deep and 300 feet wide to deep water in Cape May Harbor. The total length of the section included in the project is about 2 1/4 miles.

Project Goals: The purpose of this project is to provide a safe navigation channel for commercial, recreational and US Coast Guard.

STATUS: The inlet and portions of the harbor channel were surveyed and dredged in FY2015 using the Government Dredges Currituck and Murden.  Similar work is scheduled to be performed in FY2016. PL 113-2 Supplemental Funds (Sandy) received for this O&M navigation project total $400,000.  These funds were used to dredge the Cape May Harbor channel and remove shoaling that occurred as a result of Hurricane Sandy (completed in September 2013).

COMMENTS: Project provides a safe navigation channel for commercial, recreational and US Coast Guard use for the largest Fishery Landing in NJ (13th largest in the US), contributing $35 M/yr in direct fish value and $300M in economic value. Project services the only USCG enlisted training base in the country. USCG Station, Cape May is also located on the waterway and needs a reliable channel for their Homeland Security mission and critical life safety, search and rescue operations. Material dredged is beneficially used in the near-shore in support of the adjacent Federal beach fill.

PROJECT MANAGER: Monica A. Chasten