Old Bridge Township

Middlesex County, NJ

1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ 08857
Phone: 732-721-5600     Fax: 732-607-7900


4/14/2020 - NJDEP Coastal Storm Assessment Surveys




The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) - Division of Coastal Engineering (DCE) regularly performs pre- and post-storm assessments in preparation of and in response to coastal storm events or periods of high surf along the Atlantic Coast and the Raritan and Delaware Bay/River shorelines of New Jersey. These assessments are required by our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) to monitor and assess damages to the beaches, dunes, shore protection structures, and upland structures within your municipality. The results of these assessments are utilized by DCE and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rate the level of erosion and damages caused by an event, but also to determine if preventative or corrective action is necessary in preparation of or in response to one of these coastal events. These surveys are also used to request emergency funding, when justified.

These surveys are performed by DCE staff that have been designated as essential employees by the State of New Jersey and are very familiar with the areas they are assigned. All DCE staff will take measures to protect themselves others to eliminate unnecessary contact and are following current CDC guidelines. The staff members performing the assessments with be in vehicle with State of New Jersey license plates and they will have their State of New Jersey IDs in their possession.

DCE staff will be accessing the beach front in the Laurence Harbor and Cliffwood Beach sections of Old Bridge Township to perform these surveys. These surveys require DCE staff to access the beaches on foot via several street end crossovers or via 4WD on the beach. During these visits, DCE staff will document the conditions of the beaches, dunes and/or shore protection structures by taking photos, measuring the width of the beach and dune, measuring the changes to those beach and dune dimensions following the coastal event, and taking note of and measuring damage to structures or infrastructure where safe.

Additional assessments will be conducted by DCE staff Tuesday April 14th, 2020 and as needed in the future. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to Christopher Constantino (609-575-6969) or Brendan Roddy (609-433-5739) or via DCE's main office line (732-255-0767).