Shooting Island Shoreline Restoration, Ocean City, Cape May County, New Jersey
The U.S. Department of the Interior's (Department) Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program (Program) supports projects that reduce communities' vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion, and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife. The Program is funded by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 and is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).
On June 16, 2014, the Department announced the award of 54 grants totaling $102.75 million. In addition, the grantees committed over $55 million in additional funding and in-kind contributions, for a total conservation investment of over $158 million. Grants were awarded to projects that assess, restore, enhance, or create wetlands, beaches, and other natural systems to help better protect communities and to mitigate the impacts of future storms and naturally occurring events on fish and wildlife species and habitats. Projects are located in the region affected by Hurricane Sandy: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia. Each of these states officially declared a natural disaster as a result of the 2012 Hurricane Sandy storm event.
The Department, as lead federal agency, and its Project partner, the City of Ocean City, New Jersey, are proposing the Shooting Island Shoreline Restoration Project (Project), Federal Financial Assistance Grant Number: 44068. The purpose of the Project is to protect and restore Shooting Island from significant degradation of its shoreline and wetlands as a result of wind and storm driven waves as well as vessel wakes. This will be accomplished through the combined construction of approximately 4,150 linear feet of rock sill and oyster habitat around the northern and northwestern shorelines of Shooting Island. Shooting Island is also located within 500 - 1,000 feet of dense residential and commercial development and recreational facilities, which will benefit from the island's improved resiliency. The Project is expected to offset the continued loss of coastal land and marsh habitat and to increase resiliency of coastal communities in this area to sea level rise.
Regional Environmental Officer
Shooting Island Shoreline Restoration Project, Ocean City, Cape May County, New Jersey