3/14 – NJ to Get more than $27 Million to Clear Sandy-related Debris in Water
By John Burton
New Jersey is scheduled to receive more than $27 million in federal funds to assist in removing Sandy-related debris from the coastline.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing the money as part of the Sandy aid package authorized by Congress, according to U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6th.
The allocation will make the money available to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the loading, hauling and disposal of the debris in non-federally maintained waterways along the coast, according to information provided by Pallone’s office.
The project will include removing sediment, which was swept up in the October 2012 storm, and re-deposited in and along riverbanks, marinas, channels and other waterways, including the Raritan Bay.
The DEP estimated that approximately 119,920 cubic yards of sand and other sediment was deposited and continues to pose a threat to navigation and contribute to flooding. It will be removed by contractors hired by the DEP, Pallone’s office said.