CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-3, NJ-4
APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Operation & Maintenance, General
BUSINESS PROGRAM: Navigation
LOCATION: Project is located on the Atlantic Coast at the boundary between Monmouth and Ocean Counties, New Jersey.
DESCRIPTION: This project provides for a channel 14 feet deep and 250 feet wide, protected by jetties and bulkheads, from the Atlantic Ocean to the inshore end of the north jetty; thence 12 feet deep and 300 feet wide to within 300 feet of the New York and Long Branch RR Bridge. The channel is approximately 1.5 miles long. Improvements to the Wills Hole portion of the project were made through the Continuing Authorities Program in conjunction with the State of New Jersey. Funds are used for channel surveys and maintenance dredging.
PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project provides for a navigation channel protected by jetties and bulkheads, from the Atlantic Ocean to the inshore of the north jetty.
COMMENTS: The project provides a safe, reliable navigation channel for commercial, recreational and US Coast Guard use with an annual direct fish value of more than $35 million per year. During the summer months, over 500 vessels pass through the channel per day. USCG Station, Manasquan requires a safe channel to fulfill their Homeland Security mission and critical life safety, search and rescue operations. Material dredged from the inlet is beneficially used by placing it back in the system in support of the shore protection project to the north.
PROJECT MANAGER: Monica A. Chasten