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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-2

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Operation & Maintenance, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Navigation

LOCATION:  Project is located along the Atlantic Coast on the boundary between Atlantic and Ocean County, New Jersey.

DESCRIPTION: The project provides for an inlet entrance 20 feet deep at mean low water and 400 feet wide, an entrance channel 15 feet deep and 200 feet wide from the inlet channel into Clam Creek, and a turning basin 15 feet within Clam Creek. The total length of the section included in the project is about 1.5 miles.

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project provides for an inlet entrance 20 feet deep at mean low water and 400 feet wide, an entrance channel 115 feet deep and 200 feet wide from the inlet channel into Clam Creek, and a turning basin 15 feet within Clam Creek.

STATUS: Funds are used for Project Condition Surveys and coordinate project status with the public, local stakeholders and US Coast Guard.

COMMENTS: This project provides a safe navigation channel for commercial, recreational and USCG use, with a direct fish value of more than $22 million annually.  A shoaling problem in the ocean entrance portion of the channel was identified by local users in June 2012. A portion of this shoal was removed in July 2012 by the Government Dredge Currituck, however, shoaling was exacerbated by Superstorm Sandy.  Post-Sandy supplemental funds were received and the entrance channel shoal was dredged as a borrow source for the adjacent Absecon Island Federal shore protection project. Future beach fill operations should continue to utilize the entrance channel as a borrow source.  A severe shoal exists at the entrance to the Clam Creek portion of the channel; sediment analyses were conducted in 2010, but no placement area or funding is available.  For the last five years, the project has been affected by Low Use Navigation budget cuts.

PROJECT MANAGER: Monica A. Chasten