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Cape May County Herald

NJ - Officials Briefed on Newest Coastal Risk Study

In 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) posted in the Federal Register the purpose of its New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study (CSRM).

COURT HOUSE - In 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) posted in the Federal Register the purpose of its New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study (CSRM).  

According to that notice, the CSRM seeks to “identify comprehensive strategies to increase coastal resilience and to reduce flooding risk from future storms and impacts of sea level rise.”

The study area encompasses coastal Cape May County, although the county is split between the study’s central region, which claims Ocean City along with the entire Atlantic County coastline, and southern region, from Corson's Inlet south to Cape May Inlet.

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) describes the study area's total as located behind the barrier islands of Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic, and Cape May counties. There is no cost allocated to municipalities for the study. The state and federal governments will split the expense into equal shares.

In May, the ACE presented the project’s status to elected officials in Atlantic and Cape May counties. A 29-slide PowerPoint (https://bit.ly/3pjG0to) guided that presentation. The schedule calls for a public release of the study’s draft report in July, accompanied by public meetings at various points in summer.

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