USEPA: Protecting NJ Shorelines, Reducing Marina Pollution

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USEPA: Protecting NJ Shorelines, Reducing Marina Pollution

USEPA Provides Over $500,000 to NJDEP to Protect Shorelines in Camden and the Barnegat Bay Watershed

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has awarded $523,000 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for the creation of shorelines in Camden, New Jersey and the Barnegat Bay watershed that are made of plants, sand and some rock rather than hard structures such as bulkheads. These types of shorelines create habitats for fish and wildlife, improve water quality and protect shorelines from storm surges and rising seas.

“By supporting the creation of shorelines with plants, sand and other organic material, the [US]EPA is helping communities protect valuable natural resources, residential and commercial properties and essential infrastructure from the types of storm surges and flooding experienced during Hurricane Sandy,” said USEPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “The benefits of these natural barriers will be even more important in the future as New Jersey is likely to see more frequent and severe storms occur due to climate change.”

The NJDEP will use a $323,000 grant to work with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary to design the restoration of shorelines in Camden’s future Cramer Hill Waterfront Park and Phoenix Park in south Camden. The Cramer Hill Waterfront Park, which will be located on the site of the former Harrison Avenue Landfill, will include a mile-long riverfront greenway and restoration of the shoreline along the Cooper and Delaware Rivers. This project will include local residents and will provide the opportunity for community monitoring.

The NJDEP will also use a $200,000 grant from the USEPA to develop one or more living shoreline projects in the Barnegat Bay watershed. These projects will assist in the recovery from Hurricane Sandy and will protect water quality and natural resources from the impacts of future storms. The NJDEP will work with the Barnegat Bay Partnership and other local entities on the project.

For more information on water pollution control program grants, visit this website.

Green Marinas Initiative

Marinas and recreational boating are very popular uses of coastal waters. The growth of recreational boating has led to an increased awareness of the need to protect the environmental quality of our waterways. Because marinas are located right at the water’s edge, there is a strong potential for marina waters to become contaminated with pollutants generated from the various activities that occur at marinas such as boat cleaning, fueling operations, marine head discharges, or from the entry of stormwater runoff from parking lots and hull maintenance and repair areas into marina basins.

In addition to compliance with state and federal regulations, USEPA Region 2 encourages marina owners, yacht clubs, boatyards and boaters to adopt Best Management Practices for Marinas (Spanish verison- Best Management Practices for Marinas) and consider using environmentally friendly purchasing, such as the selection of Appropriate Boat Hull Coatings, to reduce adverse impacts to water quality and living resources in proximity to marinas.

For more information about this topic please visit: Marinas and Small Boat Harbors Topic Hub™, developed by the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association.

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