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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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Cold Spring (Cape May) Inlet

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UPDATED: April 2013

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: Rep. LoBiondo (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:  The existing project, adopted in 1907 and modified in 1945, 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.

STATUS: Maintenance dredging was last performed in Cape May Harbor in July 2009 with ARRA funds.   FY12 funds were used to perform project surveys and conduct maintenance dredging in the inlet using the Government Dredge Currituck.  Emergency supplemental funds were received in November 2010 to repair a storm-damaged section of the west jetty; work was completed in FY11.

BUDGET
DATA    ($000)

ARRA

EMER

SUPP                                       Comments

 

FY 09

$226

$640

 

Dredge Cape May Harbor and Inlet

FY 10

$238

 

$250

Dredge Inlet;  Assess Structures

FY 11

$350

 

 

Dredge Inlet;  Repair Jetty

FY 12

$353

 

 

Dredge Inlet with Currituck

FY 13

TBD

 

 

Dredge Inlet with Currituck

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 $81 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 beachfill.

PROJECT MANAGER: Monica A. Chasten