Map of Shooting Island Living Shoreline Project
|Date:||June 14, 2019|
Contractors completed the longest living shoreline project in New Jersey history in spring 2019. The wetlands restoration project enhanced Shooting Island on the bay side of Ocean City.
Charter Contracting of Boston, Mass. installed 2,700 linear feet of rock sill and 1,450 linear feet of oyster habitat along the northern and western edges of the island. The sill functions as protection for the Shooting Island wetlands and will absorb energy from the waves and currents. The oyster habitat blocks were spaced to promote the flow of tidal water between the marsh and bay.
These structures are marked with navigational aids but could provide hazards at high tide. See map above.
The first phase of Shooting Island restoration provided coastal resiliency and reduction of storm impacts to Ocean City’s bayfront. Shooting Island has seen significant degradation with the shoreline receding nearly 60 feet since 1978. More than 150 acres of tidal wetlands will be restored. The project also will provide new habitat for marine life, birds and other coastal species. Subsequent phases could use material from the bottom of adjacent shallow waterways to further restore the island. The work took advantage of a $2.2 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to experiment with ways to “create and stabilize wetlands”
The groundbreaking permit was issued to Ocean City in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, N.J Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Department of Interior, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and National Marine Fisheries Service. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.
See video here of the completed Shooting Island Phase I project in Ocean City.