Holgate Terminal Groin Update Is Complete

Feb 26, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Beachfront work to repair the terminal groin in Holgate finished up on Feb. 20, according to officials in Long Beach Township. The parking lot at the far end of Holgate has reopened now that all construction equipment is gone, meaning access to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge from the parking lot has also been restored.

Updates to the wooden groin, undertaken by contractor R.E. Pierson Construction, comprised the addition of new steel sheeting. Edward E. Bonner, regulatory branch chief in the Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District, explained prior to the work that “there would be 305 linear feet of steel sheet piling extending perpendicular to the shoreline (from the existing wood bulkhead). A total of 163 sheets, 22.5 inches wide, would be driven by vibratory hammer to a depth of -30 feet NAVD88. The top elevation would be 10 feet NAVD88 for the first 160 feet, and eight feet NAVD88 for the last (outer) 145 feet. There would be no stone placement, besides the potential movement or re-handling of existing stone that may be necessary for sheet pile installation.”

The state Department of Environmental Protection issued authorization to Long Beach for the work in December 2018. That authorization included a water quality certificate, as well as ruling the work is consistent with the N.J. Coastal Zone Management Program.

“In response to our public notice of the originally-proposed groin project, we received comments stating concerns about possible effects on waves for surfing,” Bonner noted in regard to the repair work, which was scaled down from the initial plan. “Additional concerns were stated regarding potential impacts to endangered species in the wildlife refuge situated to the south of the groin.

“Given that the length of the new proposed groin is no longer than the existing one, we do not expect to see any adverse effects on waves or surfing. With regard to the federally listed species and habitat to the south, this office has consulted with USFWS (Fish and Wildlife Service) pursuant to Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. The Service concurred with our determination that the proposed work is not likely to adversely affect federally listed species under their jurisdiction. Our consultation included the development of permit conditions to protect listed species (piping plover, sea beach amaranth and red knot).”

The township will monitor the area to the south of the groin, and results of this monitoring will be used to assist in planning any future work and to determine if any collective actions are required for the current design. —J.K.-H.

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