Salem River

USACE Philadelphia District
Published March 13, 2020
The Dredge MURDEN, owned and operated by the USACE Wilmington District, completed dredging operations on the Salem River in February 2022. The sediment was placed in the nearshore environment off Oakwood Beach in Salem County, NJ to support the federal and state beachfill project.

The Dredge MURDEN, owned and operated by the USACE Wilmington District, completed dredging operations on the Salem River in February 2022. The sediment was placed in the nearshore environment off Oakwood Beach in Salem County, NJ to support the federal and state beachfill project.

Salem River Project Index Map

Salem River Project Index Map

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-2

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Operation & Maintenance, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Navigation

LOCATION: Salem River, Salem County, New Jersey

DESCRIPTION: The project provides for an entrance channel 16' deep and 150' wide in the Delaware River across Salem Cove to the mouth thence 16' deep and 100' wide to the fixed highway bridge in Salem. It also provides for a cutoff between the mouth and Salem. The project length is approximately 5 miles.

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project provides for an entrance channel in the Delaware River across Salem Cove to the fixed highway bridge in Salem.

COMMENTS: The Port of Salem is a shallow-draft port located in the vicinity of the Salem River Cut-Off on the Salem River in Salem, New Jersey.  The Port is located approximately 2 miles east of the Delaware River, and 54 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The Port became a foreign trade zone in 1987.  Commodities include bulk cargo (construction aggregate), break bulk cargo, containers (clothing, agricultural produce).  Port activity also has at times involved literage.

PROJECT MANAGER:  Tim Rooney