- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey has awarded a $1.6 million contract to dredge tons of sand pushed into an oceanfront lake by Superstorm Sandy.

The state Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday it has awarded a contract to dredge 12,000 cubic yards of sand from Deal Lake in Asbury Park. The lake has 12.5 miles of shoreline in seven Monmouth County municipalities, but the part closest to the ocean in Asbury Park suffered the worst impact from the October 2012 storm.

“This is wonderful news. It has been a long road back for Deal Lake from Superstorm Sandy,” said Don Brockel, chairman of the Deal Lake Commission. “We hope this will be the first of many other dredging projects that can make Deal Lake more flood resilient and to fully restore it back to pre-Sandy conditions.”

Brockel said the project is designed to reduce flooding in the area, improve water quality and restore recreational opportunities on the lake, which has long been popular with boaters, anglers, canoeists, kayakers, paddle boaters and nature lovers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is providing most of the money, with the state kicking in just over $154,000.

The work is due to start in October and will last 90 days.

The east end of Deal Lake sits just a few hundred yards from the ocean in Asbury Park, which allowed storm surges to wash sand and silt into the lake, along with tons of other debris. A previous cleanup removed including splintered wood from docks, trees and pieces of damaged buildings.

The dredging will restore the lake to a depth of four feet in its six-acre eastern section.

The contract was awarded to Tri-State Dredging of Philadelphia.


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