The Army Corps of Engineers has begun dredging Shark River Inlet in Monmouth County and will continue the work for 10 to 11 days in an effort to improve the safety and accessibility of the busy waterway, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6) announced on Monday.
The Corps of Engineers is performing maintenance dredging at two areas frequently affected by shoaling. Approximately 30,000 cubic yards will be removed from the entrance to the inlet. The project was funded through the federal 2010-11 budget.
Pallone has been a long-time advocate of ensuring continued access to this inlet. In response to previous requests, the inlet has been dredged on average every six months going back to 2006. The inlet separates the communities of Belmar and Avon-by-the-Sea.
“I have fought for this funding every year because I know how important this and other similar infrastructure projects are to the Shore,” Pallone said. “The start of this dredging project cannot come soon enough and will immediately benefit those who plan to enjoy the Shore throughout this boating season.”
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM