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CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-2

AUTHORITY: The authority for this project is Section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948 (Public Law 80-858), as amended.  Under this authority, the USACE is authorized to plan, design, and construct small flood damage reduction projects. Each project is limited to a Federal cost of not more than $10 million, including all project‑related costs for feasibility studies, planning, engineering, design, and construction.

DESCRIPTION: There is significant flood risk and associated damages in the study area due to development on flat, low-lying topography with exposure to tidal flooding from Absecon Island back bay.  The likelihood of intense future storms, along with sea level rise, is placing this section of Atlantic City at increasing risk for more frequent flooding.  Given these conditions, flood damages predicted for the 50 year planning horizon in the Chelsea Heights study area are likely to be substantial.  The feasibility study will examine the existing conditions and explore flood risk management solutions in the study area.

The objectives of the Feasibility Phase of the project are to:

  • Prepare the Feasibility Report for the project
  • Prepare an Environmental Assessment and NEPA documentation for the project,
  • Prepare a Project Management Plan (PMP) for the Design and Implementation Phase,
  • Develop other supporting plans (e.g. Real Estate Plan, Value Engineering, etc.) as needed for completion of the Feasibility Report.

STATUS: A Federal Interest Determination was completed by the District and approved by North Atlantic Division in FY 2014. Funds were received from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, Public Law 113-2, enacted to assist in the recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Estimated study completion is in the winter of 2017/2018. 

Project Goals:  The purpose of this project is to examine potential solutions to reduce the frequent flooding problems and environmental degradation.

SPONSOR: TBD

Date of Project Agreement:  May 2015      

PROJECT MANAGER: Adrian Leary