President Obama's proposed budget would allocate $3 million for beach replenishment efforts in Port Monmouth in Monmouth County, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th) announced Monday.
"This funding allocation is only the first step in a long process to complete the Port Monmouth flood control project, but if the Army Corps of Engineers does receive the president's full allocation, construction could begin," Pallone said. "Flood protection and beach replenishment are vital to the long term economic health of the sixth district and provide the first – and sometimes only – line of defense against flooding and coastal storms."
Pallone has worked with the Obama administration since the president took office to stress what he believes is the importance of Corps of Engineers public works projects, particularly the benefit of beach replenishment to towns in his district.
"In the past, flood control and beach replenishment projects were primarily funded with earmarks placed in the appropriations bill by members of Congress," Pallone said. "That's no longer an option, and if the dollars are not in the president's budget, we simply will not receive them. It was necessary to change OMB policy with regard to the cost/benefit analysis to include Port Monmouth."
Pallone has worked for the past few years to get earmark appropriations for Port Monmouth, which have been banked by the Army Corps, until it reaches a total of between $5 million and $6 million necessary to begin the beach replenishment. About $3.4 million has been banked prior to this year's budget, which when added to the $3 million in the proposed budget, would allow construction to begin.
– TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM