Stone Harbor Back Bay Dredging Update
The Borough of Stone Harbor Dredge Management Committee met with Matt Dalon of COWI Marine on February 3, 2015 to get a status update on the sampling and testing and a timeframe for submitting permit applications to the NJ DEP and Unites States Army Corp of Engineers. Based on this meeting the Borough is able to provide property owners with the following update:
The Borough is moving forward to submit permit applications to NJ DEP by late spring with a goal of enabling the first phase of dredging to begin in the fall.
An update of milestones includes:
- NJ DEP approved the sampling plan for physical and chemical parameters of proposed dredge material on 1/20/15 date.
- Dredge material sampling for the 9 basins and connector channel was completed at the end of January by the Borough contractors. Results of the materials testing should be available in approximately 6 weeks.
- The results of the dredge materials sampling are important components for preparation of permit to NJDEP and will also be utilized to continue development of engineering specifications for the dredging project.
- Dredge material results will be utilized to secure material acceptance letters form offsite disposal facilities and are a required component of the permit package submittal.
The Borough and its contractors plan to prepare bid specifications in an effort to be in a position to release dredging bid packages later in the spring/early summer.
Homeowners will have the ability to have private boat slips dredged under the Borough dredging permit. Details related to dredging of private slips will be determined in the coming months and information made available as soon as possible.
The Borough will continue to provide updates as they become available.