Press Release: May 5, 2015
STONE HARBOR DIGS DEEPER INTO DREDGING PROJECT
Stone Harbor is taking the necessary steps to perform maintenance dredging of the Stone Harbor Lagoons this fall to serve the boating community, residents, and those utilizing the waterways.
This June, the Borough will solicit bids from dredging contractors. The project will include maintenance dredging, dewatering the dredged material at the Stone Harbor Marina parking lot, and placing the dredged material at approved upland facilities. Up to 179,000 cubic yards of dredged material may be removed from the waterways. Based on the quantity of dredged material, logistical constraints, and environmental restrictions, this work will take place over a two-year period. In-water dredging activities will occur from September to December of each year. The Borough will provide details on the scheduling and phasing when finalized. The NJDEP and USACE permits for this project are pending approval.
The Borough recently completed a detailed hydrographic survey of the basin and slip areas. The Borough will make the results of this survey available to the public later this month. Those property owners with bayfront access are encouraged to review the data and determine if they would like to participate in the maintenance dredging project to restore water depths within their slips. The Borough will provide details for inclusion in the project in the coming months.
The Borough of Stone Harbor retained COWI North America Inc. (COWI) [formerly Ocean and Coastal Consultants (OCC)] to provide professional services related to the dredging project. The project is being coordinated through COWI’s New Jersey office and the Borough of Stone Harbor. Questions and comments can be directed to Jill Gougher, Borough Administrator of Stone Harbor