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Regional Sediment Management

Regional Sediment Management (RSM) seeks to solve sediment-related problems by designing solutions within a regional strategy to achieve balanced and sustainable solutions to sediment-related needs. Local project decisions (with stakeholder collaboration) are made in the context of the regional sediment system in order to best forecast long-range implications of management actions. RSM is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-wide approach that is being implemented through coordinated activities using several Corps authorities. The overall goal is for the Army Corps Districts is to more efficiently and effectively manage sediment. The District has implemented a number of projects over the years using RSM principles. In recent years, the District has partnered with the State of New Jersey to construct several dredging and marsh restoration projects along the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway. 


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed a 50-foot berm at Oakwood Beach in Salem County, N.J. to reduce the risk of future storm damages. The two mile project involved pumping 350,000 cubic yards of sand from the Delaware River onto the beach. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company served as contractor and completed construction in December of 2014
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District restored the north shore of the Indian River Inlet by pumping more than half a million cubic yards of sand from the inlet onto the beach and constructing a dune. Hurricane Sandy caused overwash and flooding on the north shore, forcing Route 1 and the Indian River Inlet Bridge to close for several days after the storm.
An aerial photo shows the results of a marsh restoration demo project. In the summer of 2014, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District partnered with state, local, and non-profit organizations to beneficially use dredged material to restore degraded marsh and create habitat on land owned and managed by the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District completed dredging and placement operations in November of 2015 at Mordecai Island near Long Beach Island, N.J.  USACE worked with the state and several non-profit organizations to dredge material from the federal channel of the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway and beneficially use it to restore sections of the marsh. Barnegat Bay Dredging Company served as the contractor.
In 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District conducted dredging operations in the Delaware River to deepen the channel and then beneficially used the material to build a dune and berm in Broadkill Beach, DE and reduce the risk of coastal storms for the community.
The Shallow Draft Dredge MURDEN clears shoaling from Barnegat Inlet, N.J. in April of 2014. Material is placed in a nearshore area to support the Long Beach Island Coastal Storm Risk Management project. Barnegat Inlet requires dredging to provide reliable maritime navigation for the U.S. Coast Guard and a large fishing fleet consisting of full-time commercial, charter and recreational vessels.