$523,000 EPA grant to foster shoreline creation in N.J.

TRENTON – Shoreline-creation federal funds are headed New Jersey’s way.

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $523,000 to create shorelines in Camden as well as the Barnegat Bay watershed.

The habitat-fostering shorelines will be composed of plants, sand and some rock rather than hard structures such as bulkheads, EPA reported today in a release.

“By supporting the creation of shorelines with plants, sand and other organic material, the 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 EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck.

EPA stated that the Department of Environmental Protection 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.

DEP will also use a $200,000 grant from the EPA to develop one or more living shoreline projects in the Barnegat Bay watershed, EPA stated. $523,000 EPA grant to foster shoreline creation in N.J.