Beach restoration complete at Delaware Bay
May 1, 2014 – In less than a month’s time, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, working with local contractors and partner organizations, have replenished five beaches along the Delaware Bay that were badly eroded by Hurricane Sandy. The $1.65 million habitat restoration project, which benefits both native horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, will also provide increased protection from storm surge and sea-level rise to local communities and infrastructure from Moore’s Beach to Pierces Point. More than 30,000 cubic yards or 45,000 tons of locally mined sand were trucked onto the beaches to rebuild the two to three feet of shoreline eroded in the storm. Post-restoration surveys will be conducted at three and six months by the Stockton College Coastal Research Center, to help derive a long-term maintenance and management plan for the beach habitat from radar mapping of sand movement throughout the bay area.
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