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Shark River Dredging Halted Until July 1

  A dredging project that would open up navigational channels in the Shark River has been stopped by a federal agency and will have to begin again this July. The project calls for removing about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the river’s western section. “While were unable get as much accomplished as we hoped we have, in fact, started the project and that should give all of us confidence that we will get the channels dredged,” Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said earlier this week. Bishop, a longtime advocate for dredging the river, said there were some issues that…

Recovery Funds Distributed to Shark River Hills Families

  Approaching three years after Super Storm Sandy came ashore in New Jersey we still find families displaced from their homes and others working to get their lives back in order. This week, Recovery Along the River Foundation, Inc., made its second disbursement of funds to affected families. Recovery Along the River Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit foundation formed in 2013, after Sandy, whose sole purpose was to raise funds and awareness for affected families and businesses in the Shark River Hills section of Neptune. Michelle Erbe, Foundation Chairwoman and KC Dempsey, Vice Chairwoman, announced that 51 families will receive…

Shark River Channel Dredging to Begin in a Few Weeks

  By DON STINE Dredging navigational channels in the Shark River will begin within the next few weeks under a contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the river’s western section. The announcement that the dredging will begin this year was made yesterday after a preconstruction conference Wed., Oct. 14 at the New Jersey Department of Transportation Engineering and Operations Building in Trenton. “After so many years working to get the river dredged, I’m extremely happy that we will see work in this calendar year. This would not be happening without the help of all municipalities around…

Dredging Contract Awarded

  By DON STINE A contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Shark River’s western navigational channels was awarded last week and officials hope dredging will begin by the end of this year. “It’s been years and it’s been a fight; it has been a long road,” Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said at this week’s Township Committee meeting. Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone, and Bishop issued a statement last week announcing that the state Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources has awarded the bid to complete the Shark River dredging…

No Plan to Dredge Entire Shark River

  By DON STINE The environmentally-beleaguered Shark River will probably only have its navigational channels cleared in the future but most likely never be dredged in its entirety, according to a federal environmental official. “Due to ecological impacts, as well as the logistics and economics of removing that much sediment, the likelihood of a permit being issued for such an activity appears minimal,” said Karen Greene, Mid-Atlantic Field Offices Supervisor for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Habitat Conservation Division, in a statement. “While dredging the entire river would, in fact, be something desirable for everybody unfortunately, in these times,…

On the River: Waiting for the Tide

  By DON STINE Things are pretty normal this year at the Shark River Yacht Club in Neptune but high tides still control the destiny of its boaters. The Shark River is so filled in with sediment that boaters can only leave the club’s docks for one hour on either side of a high tide. “We are still renting our boat slips anyway but boaters come and go by the tide. Everyone, at this point, knows what the situation is. Boaters still need to wait until a high tide before they can leave or come back in,” Yacht Club Commodore…

Dredging of River Channel is Expected

  By DON STINE A contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the environmentally-beleaguered Shark River is expected to be awarded later this summer, according to area legislators. “This project is closer to reality than ever before. This is a result of years of work coordinating with the many agencies that have authority over this project. This project focuses on what we can do- dredge the state navigation channels of the river,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, a former Neptune City Mayor. “A project like this has to have full cooperation from the federal, state,…

Agencies Will Meet to Discuss Dredging

  By DON STINE Future dredging the Shark River is looking as uncertain as ever although for the first time all agencies involved will be sitting down together to discuss a solution. Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop, who has been a major and vocal supporter of the dredging, said the issue has been approached to the state Department of Transportation and the state Department of Environmental Protection. “And for the first time we are all sitting together and looking for possibilities as one group,” he said this week. In a joint Jan. 15 press release, state Sen. Jennifer Beck, Freeholder…

Lesgislators to Present Plan for River Dredging

  By DON STINE Three local legislators said last week that they will announce plans later this year that will result in the environmentally-beleaguered Shark River getting dredged. In a joint Jan. 15 press release, state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said that funding for the project and a means to dewater dredge materials have apparently been resolved with state officials. “2015 will prove to be the year we see movement on the Shark River dredging project,” Beck said in the statement, which did not elaborate on the plan.facts. “I have…

One Woman’s Story 2 Years After Superstorm Sandy

  By RICHARD VIRGILIO On October 21, 2012, Neptune resident Pam Callender was managing everyday life with her two teenage foster children, in the modest dream home she purchased seven years earlier in the Shark River Hills section overlooking Shark River. “At that point, my life was no different than any other middle class, single parent household,” Callender said. “There was never enough time after taking care of the kid’s with their schedules and activities. When the economy took a dive, it was tough but we survived. We always had a good time and I was glad to have a…

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