Army Corps and Partners Launch Seven Mile Island Living Lab


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Philadelphia District announced the launch of the Seven Mile Island Living Laboratory, an initiative designed to advance and improve dredging and marsh restoration techniques in coastal New Jersey through innovative research, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and practical application.

The Army Corps has partnered with the State of New Jersey and the non-profit Wetlands Institute on the concept. Seven Mile Island, located in Cape May County, N.J., is backed by 6000 acres of state-owned marshland that provides both critical habitat for birds, fish, shellfish and other wildlife, and coastal resilience for barrier island communities. Marshes in this area, as well as throughout the region, are showing signs of degradation and are vulnerable to impact from rising seas.

“The Living Lab initiative will help us continue to learn by enhancing the science behind projects, improve our methods using a systems approach, and evaluate innovative solutions that are based on Regional Sediment Management and Engineering With Nature principles,” said USACE Project Manager Monica Chasten. “We modeled the laboratory on a concept used internationally – it provides a forum to advance technical knowledge, demonstrate novel approaches, develop new tools and technologies, and enhance collaborative efforts on new projects.”

Chasten said the Living Lab will also provide information on the risks and benefits of natural and nature-based feature projects.

The laboratory extends between the inlet boundaries of Seven Mile Island, and includes existing and historic dredged material placement sites, confined disposal facilities, federal and state channels including the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway, extensive tidal marshes, a mixture of sandy and muddy sediments and, most important, a rich historic dataset to build upon.

Since Hurricane Sandy, the Army Corps, the State of New Jersey, The Wetlands Institute, The Nature Conservancy and other partners jointly conducted four marsh restoration and habitat creation projects aimed at improving coastal resilience.  The projects involve beneficially using dredged material from the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway to restore marsh and provide suitable habitat for wildlife on land owned and managed by the state. This is a departure from the traditional practice of dredging and placing the material in Confined Disposal Facilities cut off from coastal processes and the natural sediment system.

The newly created colonial nesting bird habitat at Ring Island, for example, has been successfully utilized by black skimmers, common and least terns, and American oyster-catchers – all state endangered species or species of special concern in the state of New Jersey. The successful nesting of least terns on Ring Island marks the first time they have nested in coastal marshes since the 1980s. Project partners continue to monitor the demonstration projects, share project results, and develop “lessons learned” to apply to future projects.

One focus area for the Living Lab will be to build on the success of these demonstration projects and implement future projects with a more systematic approach. The Living Laboratory will establish a forum for experts to share knowledge, provide input, and disseminate information to stakeholders.

The Wetlands Institute is located near the geographic center of the Seven Mile Island Living Lab study area and provides dock facilities, research labs, and an environmental education center. The organization promotes the appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of coastal and wetland ecosystems through programs in research, conservation, and education. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Wetlands Institute was founded in 1969 by Herbert Mills, then Executive Director of the World Wildlife Fund, who acquired thousands of acres of marshland for conservation purposes. Today, these are part of the Cape May Wetlands Wildlife Management Area, owned and managed by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, and are at the heart of the Living Laboratory.

“Preserving marsh integrity in the face of sea level rise is  the seminal issue of our time – how do we help marshes withstand the stresses caused by sea level rise to protect and preserve this resource?” said Dr. Lenore Tedesco, the Executive Director of the Wetlands Institute. “Sediment is the currency of these ecosystems and we know these marshes are sediment starved so we must work to find innovative ways to utilize the clean sediments that clog navigation channels to enhance marshes and offset sea level rise. The living laboratory provides an opportunity to advance these techniques.”

Tedesco said she expects the Living Lab will function as a think tank to develop and demonstrate new techniques so that these projects can gain more widespread application.

Seven Mile Island Living Lab research activities, data collection efforts and Working Group meetings will kick off in April 2019.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District provides water resources solutions for more than 9 million people across five states. One of the District’s missions is to maintain the 117-mile New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway. Dredging is necessary along the waterway to enable safe maritime navigation. When the dredged material is clean, USACE looks for opportunities to reuse the material in a beneficial and cost-effective way. This approach relies on Regional Sediment Management and Engineering With Nature principles.

New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is a professional environmental agency dedicated to the protection, management and wise use of New Jersey’s fish and wildlife resources. A significant portion of the Seven Mile Island Living Lab consists of public lands owned and managed by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and comprising a portion of the 17,200-acre Cape May Wetlands Wildlife Management Area.

The Wetlands Institute

The Wetlands Institute is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization promoting appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of coastal and wetland ecosystems through programs in research, conservation, and education. The Institute works to restore, preserve and protect wetlands and coastal ecosystems for a healthy environment for people and wildlife. Research and conservation efforts are focused on the issues that are affecting wetlands and the critical species that live in them.

Army Corps and Partners Launch Seven Mile Island Living Lab2019-03-06T09:51:42-05:00

New Policy for Kayak Storage Permits

Stone Harbor Property Owners may apply for a Kayak space starting March 1, 2019 and continuing until March 31, 2019, proof of property ownership is required. Spaces are limited to two (2) per property.

  • A lottery drawing will be held on April 11, 2019 for the 96 Kayak storage spaces available. The Borough will notify the lottery winner via email.
  • A sticker will be placed on each kayak, to indicate the owners name and contact information. Each owner will understand that the placement of the kayak at the Marina is done at their own risk, the Borough assumes no responsibility. There will be no charge for this registration.
  • After June 30th, any empty storage space will be forfeited for the season and offered for use by another kayak owner on the waiting list, unless arrangements have been made with the Clerk’s office for a later placement date.
  • Any registrant who, for whatever reason, does not plan to use the kayak space for the entire season (April 15 – November 15) but only a portion of the season should notify the Clerk’s office with such dates of occupancy. Vacant dates shall then be offered to another kayak owner on the waiting list.
  • The Kayaks will only be stored at the Marina from April 15 – November 15 of each year and will then be removed from the area. Any Kayaks left at the Marina after November 15 will be impounded by the Stone Harbor Police Department.

Click the link below to access the Application which will only be accepted  March 1, 2019 thru March 31, 2019.  The application can be e-mailed to or delivered in person to Borough Hall, Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4:00pm

2019 Kayak Storage Application

New Policy for Kayak Storage Permits2019-03-01T11:00:20-05:00

Reminder: No Dogs at Stone Harbor Point & Drone Usage

Stone Harbor Point is a Wildlife Conservation Area and there are strict guidelines in place to protect this area.  Please be conscious of the rules and regulations and respect the importance and beauty of of this natural habitat.


Per Ordinance #1316 ~ No dog or other animal shall be permitted to run free in or upon any public property in the Borough of Stone Harbor. No dogs or other domesticated animals shall be permitted, at any time, whether under leash or running free, in the area south of the 127th Street jetty to Hereford Inlet.


Drone Usage within the Borough limits is strictly prohibited and subject to penalty per Borough Ordinance.

Per Ordinance #1534 ~ The operation of unmanned aircraft such as model aircraft and civil unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, can at times pose a hazard to full-scale aircraft in flight and to persons and property on the ground. Imposing community-based safety requirements on the operation of model aircraft and imposing restrictions on the operation of both model aircraft and civil unmanned aircraft systems consistent with federal aviation rules and state law is necessary to mitigate such risks and to protect the public from the hazards associated with the operation of unmanned aircraft.

Please click on the following link to view all Borough of Stone Harbor Ordinances.

The Borough of Stone Harbor

appreciates your adherence to the

Rules and Regulations Established.


Reminder: No Dogs at Stone Harbor Point & Drone Usage2018-12-31T10:02:36-05:00

Borough of Stone Harbor ~ Progress Report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives

Borough of Stone Harbor ~ Progress Report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives

Please click on the link below to view the detailed progress report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives that the Borough of Stone Harbor has chosen to pursue in the future to reduce the effects of hazards. Some of these initiatives may be previous actions carried forward for this plan update. These initiatives are dependent upon available funding (grants and local match availability) and may be modified or omitted at any time based on the occurrence of new hazard events and changes in municipal priorities. Both the four FEMA mitigation action categories and the six CRS mitigation action categories are listed in the table below to further demonstrate the wide-range of activities and mitigation measures selected.

Table A summarizes the comprehensive-range of specific mitigation initiatives.

Table B provides a summary of each action and the progress of all proposed mitigation initiatives for the Plan update.

Progress Report of Hazard Mitigation Initiatives

Borough of Stone Harbor ~ Progress Report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives2018-10-15T15:31:34-04:00

Stone Harbor Launches Participation in the “Recycle Coach” APP

Stone Harbor Launches Participation in the “Recycle Coach” APP

Not sure what can be recycled?  When your trash and recycling days are?  Bulk Trash Pick-up day?

The Borough of Stone Harbor Public Works Department has launched “Recycle Coach”, a free app designed to help make recycling and solid waste information more accessible to Borough residents and visitors and engage the public in the principles of “Reduce, Re-use and Recycle.”

Recycle Coach provides accurate, up-to-date information on Stone Harbor recycling schedules in a handy, user-friendly mobile format.

By simply typing in an item such as “batteries” the APP can provide your with information on how to properly dispose.

View the Details of this innovative project on the Borough website:

Borough of Stone Harbor Department of Public Works

Check out the new Recycle Coach for detailed  recycling information and a downloadable APP!

Stone Harbor Launches Participation in the “Recycle Coach” APP2018-09-24T11:17:17-04:00

Portuguese Man O’War Sightings Along New Jersey Coast

Portuguese Man O’War Sightings Along New Jersey Coast

Please be alert when walking on our beautiful beaches and swimming in the ocean.

There have been sightings of Portoguese Man O’War along the New Jersey Coastline and beachgoers are advised to know what the species looks like and use caution when one is encountered.

The Portuguese man o’ war is not a jellyfish.

Amazingly, although it looks like a single animal, the Portuguese man o’ war is actually a colony of animals. The colony comprises several different types of genetically identical animals called zooids.

The Portuguese man o’ war is unable to physically propel itself through the water. Instead, the colony is moved around by winds, ocean currents and tides.

The Portuguese man o’ war’s venom is potent, and contact with its tentacles can cause severe pain and whip-like injuries. However the sting is rarely life-threatening.

If a Portuguese Man O’ War is encountered do not touch them as their sting remains potent even in dead colonies and detached tentacles. Be careful if you see one that has been washed up onto the beach!

Portuguese Man O’War Sightings Along New Jersey Coast2018-09-21T10:29:30-04:00

Off Season Residential Property Check Available to Homeowners


The Stone Harbor Police Department wants to ensure that all homeowners are aware that off season residential property checks are available.  Since the Borough of Stone Harbor is a seasonal resort the Police Department can routinely inspect the exterior of your property  to make sure that it is secure.

This is a “Free” service that the department offers to property owners.  Any homeowner interested in participating needs to complete the attached form and return.

Off Season Residential Property Check

The Police Department encourages all property owners who are interested in this service to return the completed form by October 15th, 2018.

Once the form is returned the Police Department is then aware that the property is vacant and will have up to date contact information in the event of an emergency.

If you should have any questions regarding this service please e-mail

Off Season Residential Property Check Available to Homeowners2018-08-31T14:45:13-04:00

Need Parking? We Have Suggestions…..

Need Parking? Did you know that the Beachfront parking lot located at 95th Street and First Avenue, is FREE after 5pm only two short blocks to the business district!!

The parking lot located between 93rd Street and 94th Street on Second Avenue is also free – ALL DAY!!!  Also available at this location is an Electric Car Charging station supplied by UGO Stations.

Save time driving around looking for the perfect parking space and save $$ – no meter fees!

Need Parking? We Have Suggestions…..2018-08-08T15:46:02-04:00