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The Cold Spring Inlet maintenance project provides for a safe navigation channel for commercial and recreational fishing and U.S. Coast Guard use.

The Cold Spring Inlet maintenance project provides for a safe navigation channel for commercial and recreational fishing and U.S. Coast Guard use. (Photo by Satelite Imagery)

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UPDATED: November 2014

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-2

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Operation & Maintenance, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Navigation

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 dredged in FY2014 using the Government Dredges Currituck and Murden and is scheduled to perform similar work in FY15. 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