Washington, DC – Senator Frank Lautenberg, Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., (NJ-06) Thursday announced the Senate Appropriations Committee approved funding for projects to repair beach erosion and prevent flood damage in central New Jersey.  The Army Corps of Engineers will use the funding to further advance these projects.

“Regional flooding and record snow storms this year have caused significant flood damage and erosion to our beaches,” said Pallone. “Funding for these critical projects will provide better protection for New Jersey’s homeowners and tourism industry in the future. I commend the Senate for approving substantial funds for these projects, and I will pursue the highest funding levels possible for these projects.”

“This year’s storms are a reminder of the damage that can be done to our beaches,” stated Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  “Investing in storm damage protection and beach restoration will help protect our communities and ensure that New Jersey’s shore economy remains vibrant.”

“These investments will help reverse the damage from severe storms that hit the Shore in recent months and preserve New Jersey beaches, businesses and homes,” said Senator Menendez. “The Jersey Shore is a main driver of our state’s economy and a birthright for all New Jerseyans. It is crucial that we protect it.”

The funding amounts approved separately by each of the Senate and House bills will be merged in a conference committee where final funding amounts for each project will be negotiated.

Sandy Hook to Barnegat Inlet

The Senate approved $2 million while the House approved $1 million for beach restoration and storm damage protection for highly populated communities and infrastructure located along 21 miles of shoreline from the Township of Sea Bright to the Manasquan Inlet.

Raritan & Sandy Hook Bay, Port Monmouth

The Senate approved $1.5 million while the House approved $1 million for the Port Monmouth portion of the Raritan Bay and Sandy Hook Bay Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction project.  The funding would allow the Corps to approach funding necessary for the beach replenishment portion of the project.

South River (Flood Damage Reduction & Ecosystem Restoration)

The Senate approved $200,000 for this project.  This area of the South River is prone to severe flooding from hurricanes and other storms.  This funding would allow the Corps to approach completion of the preconstruction, engineering and design phase of the project.

The legislation providing the funding was approved by the full Appropriations Committee Thursday in the Senate.  These same projects were also approved by the House by the Energy & Water Subcommittee at different funding levels and currently await action in the full committee. The legislation will go to the floor of the House and Senate and then to conference committee to reconcile the funding amounts.