2019 Periodic Nourishment Contract
In July 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District awarded a contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ill. for $7.6 million to complete periodic nourishment of the Cape May Inlet to Lower Township (Cape May City) Coastal Storm Risk Management project. The project is a joint effort of the Army Corps’ Philadelphia District, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
The contract calls for dredging approximately 340,000 cubic yards of sand from a borrow area approximately 2.6 miles south of the Cape May Inlet jetties. The sand will be pumped onto the beach at two locations:
- U.S. Coast Guard Training Center property south of the jetty
- Between Brooklyn Ave and north/east of Wilmington Ave., Cape May City
The sand is then built into the engineered template, which is designed to reduce damages from coastal storm events.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company began dredging on Sept. 1, 2019 with work expected to be completed in October. The federal government (Army Corps and U.S. Coast Guard) is funding approximately 90 percent of the costs and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is funding approximately 10 percent of the costs.
The Cape May Inlet to Lower Township beachfill project is located on the Atlantic coast of New Jersey, extending from the southwest jetty of Cape May Inlet to 3rd Ave. in Cape May City. It includes the communities of the City of Cape May and Lower Township, and the US Coast Guard Training Center. The initial construction of a 25 to 180-foot wide berm at elevation +6.7 feet NAVD 88 was completed in 1991. This will be the 12th cycle of periodic nourishment. The project is a joint effort of the Army Corps’ Philadelphia District, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and is designed to reduce damages from coastal storm events.