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2019 Civil Works Public Notices & Reports

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced the release of an Interim Report for the New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study, and a virtual meeting on March 14, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Interim Report presents a focused array of alternative plans that manage risk and reduce damages from coastal storms as well as the engineering, economic, social, and environmental analyses that have been conducted to develop the focused array of alternatives outlined in the report. The Army Corps and NJDEP invite the public to comment on the report by April 1, 2019. Comments can be submitted by email or in writing to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Planning Division, 100 Penn Square E. Philadelphia PA 19107. 

2018 Civil Works Public Notices & Reports

SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia has posted a draft Environmental Assessment: New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway Channel Maintenance and Beneficial Use of Dredged Material in the Vicinity of Stone Harbor, Cape May County, NJ. The EA evaluates existing environmental, cultural and socio-economic conditions at the proposed project sites, which are located on or adjacent to Ring Island in Middle Township, NJ, and the effects of the project on existing resources in the immediate and surrounding areas. The project sites have been developed with the assistance of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (NJDFW) and the Wetlands Institute. The restoration sites are on land owned by the NJDFW. 

Approximately 12,000 cubic yards of sand are required to be dredged from this portion of the NJIWW channel to restore the channel to the authorized depth of 6 feet MLW plus 1 foot of overdepth dredging. The dredged material will be used beneficially and placement sites have been developed with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (NJDFW) and the Wetlands Institute for creation of a system of bird nesting islands on land owned by the NJDFW.

Public comments can be submitted via email or in writing (address listed in attached Public Notice). Comments are due by Oct. 17, 2018. If you have any
further questions regarding this project or the EA, please contact Mr. Jerry Pasquale at



The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District released a draft Environmental Assessment evaluating an expansion of Borrow Area K for the Cape May Inlet to Lower Township Storm Damage Reduction Project and the Lower Cape May Meadows – Cape May Point Environmental Restoration Project. This environmental assessment addresses the need to evaluate an expansion of the existing Borrow Area K in order to provide additional beachfill material for the projects. The public is invited to comment via email to PDPA-NAP@USACE.ARMY.MIL or in writing to the address listed in the above public notice. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today published in the Federal Register its request for proposals for beneficial use of dredged material pilot projects pursuant to Section 1122 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, Beneficial Use of Dredged Material. Proposals must be submitted to USACE on or before March 12, 2018.More information on the program and solicitation can be found in the Federal Register notice, 83 Fed. Reg. 5763 (Feb. 9, 2018).  It is available on line here.

Section 1122 requires USACE to establish a pilot program to carry out 10 projects for the beneficial use of dredged material.  The pilot program can include projects for the purposes of:

  • (1)   reducing storm damage to property and infrastructure;
  • (2)   promoting public safety;
  • (3)   protecting, restoring and creating aquatic ecosystem habitats;
  • (4)   stabilizing stream systems and enhancing shorelines;
  • (5)   promoting recreation;
  • (6)   supporting risk management adaptation strategies; and
  • (7)   reducing the costs of dredging and dredged material placement or disposal, such as projects that use dredged material for: A) construction or fill material; (B)  civic improvement objectives; and, (C)  other innovative uses and placement alternatives that produce public economic or environmental benefits.

Projects identified under Section 1122 must maximize the beneficial placement of dredged material from federal and non-federal navigation channels and ensure that the use of dredged material is consistent with all applicable environmental laws. USACE is required to carry out the pilot program in consultation with relevant state agencies and to establish regional teams to assist in the evaluation of the proposals.

2017 Civil Works Public Notices & Reports

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District announces the availability of the document: "Delaware Bay Coastline-Delaware and New Jersey-Roosevelt Inlet-Lewes Beach Coastal Storm Risk Management Project, Sussex County, DE - Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact." This document evaluates a modification to the existing Coastal Storm Risk Management Project (CSRM) at Lewes Beach. 

2016 Civil Works Public Notices & Reports

The USACE Philadelphia District, in partnership with NJDEP, is conducting a feasibility level investigation for coastal storm risk management problems within the New Jersey Back Bay (NJBB) area, defined as the network of interconnected tidal water bodies located landward of the New Jersey ocean coastline in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, Burlington, and Cape May Counties. The NJBB study area includes approximately 950 square miles and nearly 3,400 miles of shoreline.

The objective of the NJBB CSRM Study is to investigate CSRM problems and solutions to reduce damages from coastal flooding that affects population, critical infrastructure, critical facilities, property, and ecosystems. Participation of the general public and other interested parties and stakeholders in identifying significant issues and alternatives is being solicited by means of this public notice.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, December 01, 2016 between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM at the Stockton University Campus Center located at 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205. The event will commence in the theater, which is on the main level of the Campus Center. Free parking is available directly in front of the Campus Center, Lots 2 and 3.

2014 Civil Works Public Notices & Reports

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District is collaborating with the Delaware Department of Environmental Control (DNREC) and the University of Delaware (UD) Center for Applied Coastal Research in a program to improve understanding of sediment transport pathways and rates, both of which affect the stability of the Indian River Inlet channel and the adjacent ocean shorelines. In 2014, the Survey Vessels Shuman and Little Giant conducted hydrographic surveys to document changes in depth and sediment distribution on the submerged portions of the project area.

2013 Civil Works Public Notices & Reports

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