Stone Harbor may start trimming some of their dunes that grew too high. When will Ventnor and Atlantic City do the same?
With dune trimming, not only will ocean views return, but that sand will be used to widen the beaches. Residents are waking up. Dune-trimming can sometimes be a better option than using pumped more sand from offshore. There’s only so much premium sand to dredge.
Many offshore locations have been seriously over-dredged. This often makes them off-limits for more dredging.
NJ Fish and Wildlife restricts the Army Corps of Engineers from using federal funds to borrow sand from certain areas, even when that sand is for the protection of the nearby coastline.
Too many dune & beach projects have steadily depleted finite sources of beach grade sand. Taxpayers subsidize these projects. Even if not critical.
VIDEO: Ventnor Dunes Dominate Beaches During High Tide
In towns like Ventnor, some dunes take up over half the beach during high tide. Atlantic City & Ventnor features outrageously tall dunes. Even in places with large, wide beaches and plenty of property set-back.
Dune should be no more than 13.7 ft in elevation. As recommended by DEP, ACOE. Some Ventnor & AC dunes can reach 20 ft in elevation. That’s an extra 10 feet of height that blocks scenic views and cool breezes. Taxpayers funding un-needed work.
ACOE, Army Corp of Engineers actually lowered (bulldozed) some Ventnor dunes that grew too high over the years. It’s been reported that Ventnor can NOT build dunes higher than the top of boardwalk railings. ACOE complied with that rule. Ventnor ignores that rule, by building another level of dunes, much higher than ACOE built.
Controversial, one-size-fits-all, sand-pumping project on Absecon Island.
Dune opponents & homeowners want financial compensation for loss of oceanfront property and ocean views. Property values were affected.
ACOE dredged and pumped too much sand. They were paid by the cubic yard pumped. So, they pumped away. Cha-ching.
Dunes cover most of NJ’s 127-mile coastline. Belmar, NJ got a pass. Former Belmar Mayor (Matt Doherty) was tight with Gov Christie. Doherty is now in charge of CRDA.
Decline of adequate sand sources. Undersea strip-mining can only last so long.
Fisheries and other marine life have been negatively affected by regular dredging and pumping. Destruction of fragile, high-risk, and ecologically sensitive coastal barriers. Undersea shoals act as surge buffers. Why are we removing these natural barriers?
Environmental advocates are pushing back with warnings about the possible ecological damage from beach replenishment projects that they call “sand mining. “These sand removals have an impact on fish habitat, fisheries that depend on the habitat and wildlife,” said Karen Hyun, head of coastal