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First Load of Replenishment Sand Pumped to Ortley Beach

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After arriving one day earlier and setting up operations, the engines of the B.E. Linholm, a 3,498-ton dredger, roared to life at about 5 p.m. Monday and began pumping the first full load of sand to Ortley Beach through a network of pipelines that run from a connection site in the ocean to the shore near the former Surf Club site.

The B.E. Lindholm dredge boat off Ortley Beach, N.J., May 29, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The B.E. Lindholm dredge boat off Ortley Beach, N.J., May 29, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Beach replenishment in Ortley Beach, N.J. begins, May 29, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Beach replenishment in Ortley Beach, N.J. begins, May 29, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee

It took six days for the 297-foot hopper dredge to arrive from Tampa, where it was receiving maintenance repairs after its last assignment in Florida.

Over the next two weeks, Ortley Beach will receive approximately 267,000 cubic yards of sand, creating an approximately 225-foot-wide beach over the course of two weeks next month. 

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Weeks Marine, the government’s contractor, will work in 1,000-foot-wide sections of beaches at a time to minimize impacts to residents and visitors, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is leading the project.

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  • Mac

    I didn’t realize the sand pumped onto the beach was sucked up from the bottom of the ocean so close to the shoreline. The pump boat seems to be sitting where 200 feet of new beach sand will end, or close to it. Doesn’t this action create a much steeper decline into the ocean once the project is completed? And if such is true, doesn’t this give the waves more power to pound the shoreline that eats away at the newly replenished beach?

    Just curious, as I’m not a big supporter of this project. I believe the flooding in the back bays and waters caused more overall damage than the ocean did, and this project isn’t going to lessen that threat to any degree, and may even contribute to delaying the back bays from being able to release these unwanted overwhelming inflows back into the ocean as this new sand is spread around during a severe storm.

  • Goodgrief

    Enjoyed the video Daniel. Thanks for the effort.