Superstorm Sandy did a number on the channels in the lower reaches of
Barnegat Bay – locally known as Little Egg Harbor Bay. But dredge work
is now underway to make the paths a bit more clear for mariners.
on the Intracoastal Waterway, a federal channel, began Aug. 1 and will
continue through Aug. 16, said Steve Rochette, spokesman for the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District.
"The section of
the channel for this work is a high priority area for the Coast Guard
and USACE in terms of boating navigation," said Rochette.
The channels in the lower portion of the bay were heavily shoaled following Sandy, necessitating the dredge work, Rochette said.
The crew of the USACE dredge boat Currituck
has been tasked with removing 16,000 cubic yards of shoaled sand from
the lower bay. The sand will then be deposited on beaches in Long Beach
Island where a federal beach replenishment project is underway.
Specifically, the areas of 23rd and 24th streets in Surf City and 84th
Street in Harvey Cedars will be receiving the sand.
"The goal being to clear the channel in that section while beneficially using the material along the island," said Rochette.
dredging will be contained to the Intracoastal Waterway, Rochette said,
however the dredge work will be close to Little Egg Inlet in an area
with significant shoaling.