The Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet project area is an approximately 14-mile long barrier spit located in northern Ocean County, New Jersey. The area has historically suffered damages from coastal storms, hurricanes and nor'easters, and suffered devastating damage from Hurricane Sandy throughout the entire project reach. The Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet Coastal Storm Risk Management project, also known as the "Northern Ocean County" project, is designed to reduce the risk of loss of lives and damages to property and infrastructure from the waves, erosion, high tides and surges associated with these storm events. The project provides flood and coastal storm risk management along the Northern Ocean County shoreline, which includes the municipalities of Point Pleasant Beach; Bay Head; Mantoloking; Brick Township; Toms River Township; Lavallette; Seaside Heights; Seaside Park; and Berkeley Township.
The project Features include a beachfill with a dune crest width of 25 feet at elevation +22 feet above the North American Vertical Datum 1988 (NAVD 88), and a berm width of 75 ft. at elevation +8.5 ft. NAVD88 within Bay Head, Mantoloking, Brick Township, Toms River Township, Lavallette, Seaside Park, Berkeley Township, and part of Point Pleasant Beach; and a dune crest width of 25 feet at elevation +18 feet above NAVD88, and a berm width of 100 ft. at elevation +8.5 ft. NAVD88 within Seaside Heights. In northern Point Pleasant Beach, the dune crest elevation is +18 above NAVD88 with a 100 ft. wide berm at elevation +11.5 NAVD. The project included the construction of various types of dune crossovers, sand fencing, and the planting of multiple species of native dune grasses. Periodic nourishment is authorized on a 4 year cycle. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) serves as the non-federal cost sharing sponsor for this project.