Dredging Projects Restore NJ Waterways for Boating Season

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced the completion of three dredging projects to restore waterways in Monmouth County to navigable depths, some for the first time in 30 years. Many of these channels in Shark River, Shrewsbury and Keansburg had been shoaled in since Superstorm Sandy, limiting boating options, emergency response, and commercial vessel traffic in the area. These channels are now considered to be in a state of good repair for the 2018 boating season.

NJDOT has invested $20.2 million on dredging projects to restore these channels, as well as channels in Barnegat Bay and Forked River. This investment is part of a comprehensive State Channel Dredging and Emergency Response Program, announced in March 2014, following Superstorm Sandy, to ensure and maintain safe navigation statewide, and to continue to be able to respond adequately to waterway impacts from named storms.