US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

New Jersey Shore Protection, Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet, NJ

7-Mile Island Coastal Storm Risk Management

Published Nov. 26, 2012
The Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet (Avalon and Stone Harbor) Coastal Storm Risk Management project includes the Townsends Inlet seawall in Avalon; the Hereford Inlet seawall in North Wildwood; and dune and beachfill in the communities of Avalon and Stone Harbor. The project is designed to reduce damages from coastal storm events.

The Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet (Avalon and Stone Harbor) Coastal Storm Risk Management project includes the Townsends Inlet seawall in Avalon; the Hereford Inlet seawall in North Wildwood; and dune and beachfill in the communities of Avalon and Stone Harbor. The project is designed to reduce damages from coastal storm events.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-2

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Construction, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Flood and Coastal Storm Damage Reduction

AUTHORITY:  WRDA 1999, Section 101(a)(26).

LOCATION:  The study area is a 12-mile portion of the New Jersey Coastline from Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet.

DESCRIPTION: The recommended plan for flood and coastal storm damage reduction includes: (1) 4.3 miles of beach fill with a berm width of 150-feet and a dune crest at +14.75 feet NAVD, with periodic nourishment at 3 year intervals; (2) 2.2 miles of seawall construction along the Townsends Inlet frontage of Avalon and the Hereford Inlet frontage of North Wildwood; (3) ecosystem restoration of approximately 116 acres of natural barrier island habitat at Stone Harbor Point including beach fill and dune construction. The restoration includes the planting of approximately 56 acres of bayberry and red cedar roosting habitat. The beachfill portion of the project was initially constructed in 2002 and the Townsends Inlet and Hereford Inlet seawalls were initially completed in 2009. The dune and beachfill project was renourished/repaired in 2011, 2013, and 2017. The third periodic nourishment is scheduled for the fall of 2019. ​ 

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project provides hurricane and coastal storm damage reduction, including a beach fill with a berm and dune, with a periodic nourishment at three year intervals.

SPONSOR: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

DATE OF PROJECT PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: 8 March 2002      

TARGET COMPLETION DATE: 2052

PROJECT MANAGER: Erik Rourke