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Long Beach Island Coastal Storm Risk Management

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UPDATED: February 2016

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST: NJ-2

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

AUTHORITY:  WRDA 2000, Section 101(a) (1).

LOCATION:  The study area is located along the Atlantic coast of New Jersey, extending approximately 20 miles from Barnegat Inlet to Little Egg Inlet.  The project area is commonly referred to as Long Beach Island.

DESCRIPTION:  The project will provide flood and coastal storm damage reduction with a beachfill and dune along the oceanfront of Long Beach Island. The authorized project plan consists of a beachfill with a berm and dune along the oceanfront utilizing sand from an offshore borrow source continuously from the north end of Loveladies (LBT) to the south end of Holgate (LBT). The project also includes periodic nourishment at 7 year intervals for a period of 50 years. 

STATUS: FY 06 funds were used to award a contract in Sep 2006 for project construction in Surf City and a portion of Ship Bottom.  FY07 funds were used to complete this portion of the project. FY08 and FY09 funds were used to prepare for and award an initial construction contract at Harvey Cedars.  This contract was awarded in Sep 2009 and completed in June 2010. Additionally Supplemental funds totaling $15.7M were received in FY08. These funds were used for Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC) Phase III response in Surf City and are not considered project costs.  MEC Phase III response was successfully completed in May 2009. FY10 funds were used for project monitoring.  FY11 funds were used to award a contract in Sep 2011 to complete the Brant Beach portion of the project.  Construction was completed in Jun 2012. 

Between Oct 27 & 30, 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused significant damage to the New Jersey coast from Sandy Hook to Cape May and up the Delaware Bay.  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.

As a result of the storm FCCE funds under Public Law 84-99 were used to complete a Project Information Report (PIR) & PIR Addendum for the completed portions of the project. The results of the PIR & Addendum determined that the project was eligible for FCCE funding to repair & restore the project to pre-storm conditions & design template. PL 113-2 funds were used to award a contract for the repairs and restoration Apr 2013. Repairs & restoration began in Apr 2013 with pumping complete in Aug 2013.

This project is also considered an on-going Authorized but Unconstructed project under P.L. 113-2 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (Hurricane Sandy). 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. Therefore, the remaining initial construction portions of the project may be eligible to be completed at 100% Federal with no sponsor payback.

In FY13, FY14 & FY15 $1.3M has been received to complete the necessary steps to construct initial construction to include completion of Limited Reevaluation Report (LRR), approve and execute a new Project Partnership Agreement (PPA); acquire the necessary real estate; complete plans and specifications; and advertise and award the construction contracts. 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 20 Jul 14.
The contract to initiate and complete initial construction was awarded on 5 Dec 14. Physical construction began in Spring 2015 & is to be completed in the Summer of 2016. Sandy funds (PL 113-2) totaling $149.3M has been rec’d to complete initial construction. Based on PL 113-2 initial construction will be at 100% Federal with no sponsor payback. Construction is on-going but two areas are suspended due to legal challenges to the real estate acquisition.

FCCE funds are being used to complete a PIR as a result of damages incurred from Oct 15 nor’easter/Hurricane Joaquin. Draft PIR recommendation is to repair project. Once approved FCCE repair funds will be requested. If funding is rec’d PDT will begin design, P&S & acquisition process.

TIMELINE

Start

Complete

Comments

Initial Construction

Oct 2006

Feb 2007

Surf City

Initial Construction

Sep 2009

Spring 2010

Harvey Cedars

MEC Phase III Response

Jan 2009

May 2009

Surf City

Emergency Rehab (FCCE)

Jun 2011

Dec 2011

Surf City

Initial Construction

Mar 2012

Jun 2012

Brant Beach

FCCE Emergency (Sandy)           Apr 2013           Aug 2013  
Initial Construction Completion          Apr 2015    Sched. completion summer of 2016
2nd Nourishment Cycle            FY 2020    Dependent on adequate funds

SPONSOR: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)

Date of Project Partnership Agreement: 17 Aug 2005 (PCA); 20 July 2014 (PPA)

Target Completion Date: 2055 

Total Estimated Cost: $513.2 M 

Federal Funds Appropriated: $192.55 M (including PL-113-2 funds)

Non-Federal Share: $21.398 M

PROJECT MANAGER: Keith Watson