New Jersey Shore Protection, Lower Cape May Meadows – Cape May Point, NJ

USACE Philadelphia District
Published Oct. 22, 2020
The initial construction for the Lower Cape May Meadows-Cape May Point ecosystem restoration project was completed in 2007 and has been nourished/repaired in subsequent years. Work is designed to reduce damages from coastal storm events and to protect the valuable fish and wildlife habitat that exists on the beach and in the wetlands behind the dune.

The initial construction for the Lower Cape May Meadows-Cape May Point ecosystem restoration project was completed in 2007 and has been nourished/repaired in subsequent years. Work is designed to reduce damages from coastal storm events and to protect the valuable fish and wildlife habitat that exists on the beach and in the wetlands behind the dune.

Lower Cape May Meadows Project restores and protects fish and wildlife habitat and provides flood and storm damage reduction.

Lower Cape May Meadows Project restores and protects fish and wildlife habitat and provides flood and storm damage reduction.

The initial construction for the Lower Cape May Meadows-Cape May Point ecosystem restoration project was completed in 2007 and has been nourished/repaired in subsequent years. Work is designed to reduce damages from coastal storm events and to protect the valuable fish and wildlife habitat that exists on the beach and in the wetlands behind the dune.

The initial construction for the Lower Cape May Meadows-Cape May Point ecosystem restoration project was completed in 2007 and has been nourished/repaired in subsequent years. Work is designed to reduce damages from coastal storm events and to protect the valuable fish and wildlife habitat that exists on the beach and in the wetlands behind the dune.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the 2nd periodic nourishment cycle of the Lower Cape May Meadows – Cape May Point project in January, 2013. The project restores and protects fish and wildlife habitat and provides flood and storm damage reduction

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the 2nd periodic nourishment cycle of the Lower Cape May Meadows – Cape May Point project in January, 2013. The project restores and protects fish and wildlife habitat and provides flood and storm damage reduction

A before and after look at the initial construction of the beachfill for the  Lower Cape May Meadows Project. The project restores and protects fish and wildlife habitat and provides flood and storm damage reduction benefits.

A before and after look at the initial construction of the beachfill for the Lower Cape May Meadows Project. The project restores and protects fish and wildlife habitat and provides flood and storm damage reduction benefits.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-2

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Ecosystem Restoration, Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction (with Mitigation of  Federal Navigation Project)

AUTHORITY:  The Lower Cape May Meadows – Cape May Point project was authorized for construction by Title I, Section 101 (a) (25) of WRDA 1999.

LOCATION:  Along the southern Atlantic coast of New Jersey, extending approximately 2.5 miles to include Lower Cape May Meadows and the Borough of Cape May Point.

DESCRIPTION: The Lower Cape May Meadows Project includes approximately 350 acres in area containing Cape May Point State Park and the Nature Conservancy’s Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge. The Meadows consists of important coastal freshwater wetlands, which are vital resting areas for shorebirds and birds of prey during their seasonal migration along the Atlantic flyway. The project restores and protects fish and wildlife habitat and provides flood and storm damage reduction throughout the entire study area, which includes the Borough of Cape May Point. Initial construction completed in 2005. Project was renourished in fiscal year 2021 via truckfill. Periodic nourishment cycle is every 4 years. The next periodic nourishment is scheduled for 2024 pending adequate funding.

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project provides ecosystem restoration, hurricane and coastal storm damage reduction and navigation mitigation in an area containing Cape May Point State Park and the Nature Conservancy’s Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge. 

DATE OF PROJECT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: 28 July 2003     

SPONSOR: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

TARGET COMPLETION DATE: 2054

PROJECT MANAGER: Dwight Pakan