Season for Back Bay Dredging Extended to March 31
|Date:||January 29, 2019|
Ocean City, N.J. — Mayor Jay Gillian has received word from the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) that the season for dredging activity in the bay has been extended from February 28 to March 31.
The extension provides Ocean City residents an additional month to arrange for dredging their private slips. The extension of in-water dredging activity is a result of current data provided to NJDEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife showing protected fish migration begins closer to April 1 than previously believed. The extension gives residents an additional four weeks for slip dredging and alleviates concerns about insufficient time to complete work prior to the cutoff date. Trident Marine (609-703-7466) and Scarborough Marine Group (609-904-5444) are actively working to coordinate and complete dredging of private properties for interested homeowners.
The dredging program has successfully completed dredging of 95,000 cubic yards from city waters and 54,000 cubic yards from state channels over the past three years. Slip owners have taken advantage of the opportunity to remove close to 41,000 cubic yards through private dredging efforts. The mayor will hold a town hall meeting later this winter to present the 2019-2020 dredge program currently being designed to maintain open waterways in Ocean City.