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Congressman Kim secures NJ beach fill and restoration projects through the Disaster Relief Act and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act

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Congressman Kim secures NJ beach fill and restoration projects through the Disaster Relief Act and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act

MOORESTOWN, NJ – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03)announced the money from a government grant and Disaster Relief Act in September and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act returns to New Jersey and is deployed by the Army Corps of Engineers to protect and replenish coastal communities across the state.

“The Jersey Shore is not just a place for tourists to visit and admire our beautiful beaches, it is an economic engine for New Jersey and home to hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents. That’s why I’m doing everything I can to protect these communities.” Congressman Kim said. “I have watched my sons take some of their first steps on these beaches, honored the fallen alongside veterans at the annual Watchfire event and toured these sites with the Army Corps for more money. I’m proud to have voted for legislation that now funds the protection and restoration of our beaches, which will benefit our coastal towns, businesses and families across New Jersey.”

Previously, a proposed beach fill project from Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet was at risk due to a lack of funding. Below is the breakdown and amount of funding being made available to support New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district as a result of the September Disaster Relief Act and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act:

Addendum to disaster relief:

  • $2.474 million for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) investigation work plan for the Back Bay feasibility study in New Jersey, which will help provide recommendations to protect coastal communities from everyday flooding and the effects of severe weather.
    • Congressman Kim carried a letter to the House Appropriations Committee in support of protecting funding for this plan in FY21, which was to be zeroed by President Trump’s budget proposal.
  • $3.2 million to complete an assessment of conditions from Sandy Hook to Barnegat Inlet.

Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

  • $30.2M for construction to protect Manasquan Inlet to Barnegat Inlet from coastal storms and replenish our beaches.
  • $25 million for the maintenance of dredged material disposal facilities on the Delaware River.
  • $14.3 million for repairs on the NJ Intracoastal Waterway, including repairs to the Point Pleasant Canal bulkhead.
  • $922,000 for dredging at Barnegat Inlet and surveying the inlet channel to assess any damage. This funding will help keep a vital navigational route safe for our boaters on the Jersey Shore.

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