(Photo Courtesy: U.S. Congressman Chris Smith's Office)

NJ - Long awaited dredging of the Manasquan Inlet in New Jersey is finally taking place

Manasquan Inlet dredging to get underway in the next few days. There will be split work at first between Manasquan Inlet and Shark River Inlet before work is solely focused on Manasquan Inlet. A project and a plan long in the works to address marine life, beach life, and fishing industry is finally taking shape.

There is news all mayors and towns along the coastal towns from the southern shore end of Monmouth County and from the northern barrier island communities in Ocean County have longed to hear: that dredging will commence in the Manasquan Inlet.

An announcement was made on Monday afternoon by U.S. Congressman Chris Smith (R - Monmouth/Ocean) that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers head to the Manasquan Inlet as early as this week to commence a massive dredging operation which will help marine traffic and beaches.

“The Army Corps will conduct significant dredging of the Manasquan Inlet over the next two weeks in response to repeated concerns brought to me by local anglers to ensure the channel is safe for boat traffic and to mitigate any potential hazards like the large sandbar that developed last summer,” Smith said in a written statement.

The dredging project will be split between the Manasquan Inlet and Shark River Inlet with the ladder getting a primary focus from the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Manasquan Inlet will receive one to two loads of sand each day while the split project gets going but the Army Corps of Engineers will dedicate all their time there once they complete work at the Shark River Inlet.

How the dredging for the Manasquan Inlet came to be

Congressman Chris Smith has made helping beach towns recover and build back up a priority in recent years and this dredging project is one result of those efforts.

In August of 2022, Smith requested an emergency survey of the Manasquan Inlet and that was done on January 10, 2023 looking into the threats posed to fishing and boating season as well as the dissipation of sand.

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