US Army Corps of Engineers
Philadelphia District & Marine Design Center

Brigantine Island (Northern End), NJ

Published Dec. 16, 2014

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-2

AUTHORITY: The authority for this feasibility study is provided by Section 103 of the River and Harbor Act of 1962, Public Law 87-874, as amended, in accordance with the policies and procedures prescribed by the Chief of Engineers.  Section 103 provides authority for the Corps of Engineers to develop and construct small beach erosion and flood damage reduction projects. Each project is limited to a Federal cost of not more than $10 million, including all project related costs for feasibility study, design, and construction

DESCRIPTION: The study area is located along the ocean coast on the north and east side of the city. The study area extends from 8th Street N. (southern extent) to 15th Street N. (northern extent) and from E. Brigantine Avenue (eastern extent) to E. Beach Avenue (western extent) encompassing a total area of 0.04 square miles. The highest street elevation on the island is 10 feet above sea level. The bayside street elevations are between five and six feet above sea level which leaves the City’s low-lying residential areas vulnerable to flooding during coastal storms. The City requested an evaluation of a northerly bulkhead extension of the existing bulkhead that runs along E. Brigantine Avenue from 9th Street N. to 15th Street N. and to consider the construction of groins along the northern end of the study area. Structures located behind the current bulkhead were damaged along with City and utility infrastructure as a result of Hurricane Sandy which made landfall directly over Brigantine Island. 

The Federal Interest Determination was approved by NAD in December 2017. Preparation of a Project Management Plan for the Feasibility Study is the next step pending sponsorship interest. The objectives of the Feasibility Phase of the project are to: 

  • Prepare the Feasibility Report for the project
  • Prepare an Environmental Assessment and NEPA documentation for the project
  • Prepare a Project Management Plan (PMP) for the Design and Implementation Phase
  • Develop other supporting plans (e.g. Real Estate Plan, Value Engineering, etc.) as needed for completion of the Feasibility Report

HURRICANE SANDY: Hurricane Sandy heavily impacted the City of Brigantine.  Response and Recovery efforts by the Community were the top priority for the non-Federal sponsor.  Efforts are shifting to the long-term sustainability of the City of Brigantine.

SPONSOR: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and City of Brigantine

PROJECT MANAGER: Joel Dohm