SENATE, No. 1890

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

221st LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2024 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  CARMEN F. AMATO, JR.

District 9 (Ocean)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Appropriates $26,140,000 for dredging projects and dredged material disposal projects related to navigational waterways.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

  


An Act concerning the dredging of navigational waterways and other waterways of navigational importance in the State and making an appropriation.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Environmental Protection the sum of $22,140,000 for the purposes of dredging, and properly disposing of the dredged materials from, the following projects involving dredging of navigational waterways or related to the disposal of dredged materials therefrom:

 

Waterway                                                        Estimated Project Cost

 

Double Creek and

Highbar Harbor Channel, Ocean County                       $1,700,000

 

Smiths Creek, Middlesex County                                   $   400,000

 

Bidwells Creek, Cape May County                                $   300,000

 

Waackaack Creek, Monmouth County                           $   800,000

 

Upper Manasquan, Ocean County                                  $1,200,000

 

Shark River Back Channel, Monmouth County            $1,200,000

 

Rumson Dredge Spoils

Disposal Site Stabilization                                               $   500,000

 

Waretown Creek, Ocean County                                    $   400,000

 

Lakes Bay, Atlantic County                                            $ 1,400,000

 

Beaver Dam Creek South Branch, Ocean County         $    500,000

 

Cedar Creek, Ocean County                                           $    450,000

 

Sunset Lake, Cape May County                                     $    840,000

 

Harvey Cedars North and South, Ocean County           $    900,000

 

Kettle Creek, Ocean County                                           $    500,000

 

Laurel Harbor/Oyster Pond Channel, Ocean County    $    450,000

Federal/State ICW Study                                                $1,600,000

 

Kinsey Cove Channel (Harvey Cedars),

   Ocean County                                                               $   600,000

 

Liberty Harbor                                                                  $   350,000

 

Loveladies Harbor Lagoons Entrance                            $   800,000

 

Mill Creek and West Thoroughfare                                 $1,600,000

 

Mud Channel (Barnegat Bay)                                         $1,200,000

 

Parkertown Creek                                                            $   750,000

 

South Branch of Forked River                                        $1,100,000

 

Westecunk Creek (Eagleswood)                                     $ 1,200,000

 

TOTAL                                                                             $22,140,000

 

     2.    There is also appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Environmental Protection the sum of $4,000,000 for the purposes of dredging, and properly disposing of the dredged materials from, the following projects involving dredging of waterways of navigational importance for recreational and residential boating in the State that have not been officially designated as navigational waterways:

 

                                    Hancy's Pond, Forked River

                                    Manahawkin Creek

                                    Veeder and Bayview Lagoon

                                    Mystic Island Lagoons

                                    O Street Lake Lagoon, Seaside Park

                                    Skippers Cove Beach

                                    Sunrise Beach, Forked River

                                    Thompson Creek, Tuckerton

                                    Tide Pond Creek.      

 

     3.    The Department of Environmental Protection shall apply any unexpended monies from the appropriations made pursuant to this act to the cost of dredging other navigational channels in the State.

 

     4.    This act shall take effect immediately.

STATEMENT

 

     This bill appropriates $26,140,000 for the purposes of dredging, and properly disposing of the dredged materials from, certain navigational waterways, projects related to the disposal of dredged materials from such dredging projects, and the dredging of other waterways of navigational importance that are not designated as navigational waterways.  The dredging projects of navigational waterways outside of the New York/New Jersey port region have gone unfunded for many years and the situation has reached a critical stage.  A number of the projects on the list of navigational waterways in the bill are State priority projects that the State has been unable to fund from the "Port of New Jersey Revitalization, Dredging, Environmental Cleanup, Lake Restoration, and Delaware Bay Area Economic Development Bond Act of 1996," P.L.1996, c.70, because the remaining monies for this type of dredging have been committed to the Delaware River deepening project, another important and crucial navigational waterway dredging project.   The projects funded by the $4,000,000 appropriation are of importance to residential and recreational boating.