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Shark River Dredging Halted

  By DON STINE A state-funded project to dredge 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the navigational channels in the Shark River has been suspended indefinitely due to a lack of funding in the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund. “(Halting the project) is an outrageous solution to a serious problem. Trenton needs to act now,” Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said in a prepared statement July 12. The project, which would dredge sediment from the river’s western section, was expected to resume this month but now a cloud hangs over the entire project. “The project has been halted…

Dredging to Resume in Shark River

  Dredging navigational channels in the Shark River is expected to resume within the next few weeks under a contract to dredge about 106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the river’s western section. “They are mobilizing the equipment right now and removing old dredge materials. They will probably begin actual dredging in first half July but people will see activity now,” Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop said. Dredging began last year but ended in January this year. Under federal and state regulations, dredging is allowed from Sept. 7, 2015 through Dec. 31, with environmental constraints determining what periods dredging can…

Bands Join Coalition to Celebrate and Protect Shark River

  The Shark River Cleanup Coalition will host Dredgefest at The Headliner, Neptune on Thurs., June 30 to celebrate its 15-year anniversary and phase one of the Shark River dredging project which begins in July. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. with live music, a buffet and happy hour drink prices. Tickets are $20. “The SRCC has been advocating for Shark River to be dredged for 15 years and we are happy to see the towns, politicians, and state come together to implement the beginning of this plan. Our river is a source of beauty and life…

Shark River Hills Run Benefits Homeowners Hurt by Superstorm

  The Shark River Hills section of Neptune is continuing its post-Sandy recovery three plus years after the storm devastated the area. Some 40 homes have been elevated and many more homes are in the process of being elevated to mitigate future flood losses and comply with proposed FEMA flood maps. Instrumental in the post-storm rebuilding of the neighborhood, has been the Recovery Along the River Foundation. The Foundation was created to raise fund and awareness to assist the residents of Shark River Hills who were impacted by the storm. To date, the Foundation has raised $85,000 and has distributed…

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…

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