Marsh Restoration and Replenishment, Little Egg Harbor, 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 partners, Little Egg Harbor Township and Tuckerton Borough, are proposing the Marsh Restoration and Replenishment Project (Project), Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, Federal Financial Assistance Grant Number: 44109. The Project area encompasses communities surrounding the Great Bay Boulevard Wildlife Management Area, and would consist of stabilizing the shoreline and marsh area of Great Bay at Iowa Court in the Township of Little Egg Harbor, and stabilizing the beach at Tuckerton Cove at South Green Street, in Tuckerton Borough. The Project is needed to address marsh and beach erosion that continuously occurs from severe storm events at the two Project sites. By strengthening the natural buffer from storm surges, critical natural resources and infrastructure in the nearby communities would be protected.
Regional Environmental Officer
Marsh Restoration and Replenishment Project, Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey