Pallone Announces Start of Monmouth County Beach Replenishment

Statement

Date: Dec. 20, 2021
Location: Long Branch, NJ
Issues: Environment

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced that the Army Corps of Engineers will begin beach replenishment today in Deal, Allenhurst and Loch Arbour. The project will begin in Loch Arbour and continue north. It will conclude by March 1 if there are no weather or mechanical delays. The Army Corps may also exercise an option to continue further north and replenish the Elberon section of Long Branch.

In preparation for this project, Pallone worked with the Army Corps and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to develop a plan to allow for timely distribution of sand. As a result of Congressman Pallone's advocacy, the beach replenishment projects will restore more than 1.1 million cubic yards of sand to the towns' beaches. The federal investment in the project is $16.9 million, which is 65% of the total cost. A combination of state and local funds will make up the remaining cost.

"Beach replenishment is critical to our beaches and communities along the Jersey Shore," Pallone said. "Coastal restoration projects like beach replenishment ensure that our beaches and infrastructure remain resilient to bad weather events. I would like to thank the Army Corps of Engineers for their continued dedication to this important project in our state. Beach replenishment will make sure our beautiful beaches will remain safe and enjoyable for residents and tourists for years to come."

Pallone has been a longtime advocate for beach replenishment along the Jersey Shore. Following Superstorm Sandy, Congressman Pallone requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency allocate emergency funding to address immediate needs of impacted homeowners and businesses as well as repair breached dunes and damaged beaches to protect New Jersey's coastal areas from future flooding. As a result, the beaches from Sea Bright to Manasquan were filled, which was the largest beach replenishment project ever undertaken by the Army Corps. In 2015, the areas from southern Deal to Loch Arbour were filled. In 2019, Pallone announced beach replenishment projects in Long Branch, Sea Bright, and Monmouth Beach. In 2020, he secured additional replenishment projects in these towns. Beach replenishment projects are repeated every six years on average.


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