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