For Immediate Release
June 28, 2019
MIDDLETOWN, NJ — Over the last few weeks, the Monmouth County Parks System has been doing maintenance on Pews Creek to ensure safe navigation for boaters docked at its Monmouth Cove Marina. The County must periodically dredge the access channel of Pews Creek from the Port Monmouth Road bridge to 300 feet beyond the end of the stone jetties into Raritan Bay.
All work is being performed in strict accordance with stipulations specified in the current New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers permits. There are seasonal restrictions for dredging which is why the work is being done at this time.
The Park System anticipates pumping approximately 8,800 cubic yards of beach-grade sand to a deposition area 1,200 feet west of the Pews Creek Channel to help enhance the dunes that provide flood protection for residents. The newly-dredged sand will appear dark at first due to the organic matter in it, however the materials will burn off in a short period of time as it dries and will look like typical beach-quality sand. There will be a temporary fence installed around the area to make sure residents and visitors avoid that section of the beach.
At the conclusion of the dredging portion of this project, the Contractor will remove all piping/equipment and grade the beach area disturbed by the replenishment deposition activities in accordance with Army Corps standards.