Absecon Inlet

Published Dec. 10, 2012
Absecon Inlet Project Index Map

Absecon Inlet Project Index Map

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the Absecon Inlet along the New Jersey coast.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District maintains the Absecon Inlet along the New Jersey coast.

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-2

APPROPRIATION / PHASE: Operation & Maintenance, General

BUSINESS PROGRAM: Navigation

LOCATION:  Project is located along the Atlantic Coast on the boundary between Atlantic and Ocean County, New Jersey.

DESCRIPTION: The project provides for an inlet entrance 20 feet deep at mean low water and 400 feet wide, an entrance channel 15 feet deep and 200 feet wide from the inlet channel into Clam Creek, and a turning basin 15 feet within Clam Creek. The total length of the section included in the project is about 1.5 miles.

PROJECT GOALS: The purpose of this project provides for an inlet entrance 20 feet deep at mean low water and 400 feet wide, an entrance channel 115 feet deep and 200 feet wide from the inlet channel into Clam Creek, and a turning basin 15 feet within Clam Creek.

STATUS: Funds are used for Project Condition Surveys and coordinate project status with the public, local stakeholders and US Coast Guard.

COMMENTS: A severe shoal composed of fine-grained material exists at the entrance to the Clam Creek portion of the channel.  Sediment analyses were conducted in 2010, but no placement area or funding is available to remove the shoal, which continues to impede navigation into Gardiner’s Basin.  The State of New Jersey is required to provide a placement area, but there is currently no practical site available.  The local community continues to express concern as they try to promote recreational use and economic development of the area.

PROJECT MANAGER: Monica A. Chasten