Bill Barlow / For The Press

Our view: Need grows for marsh disposal of dredged materials

Ocean City has been a leader in addressing the backlog of dredging necessary to keep Jersey Shore marinas and channels functional for the state’s boating and waterfront community. That’s crucial to the shore’s character and economy.

It hasn’t been easy, and once again the city is facing a roadblock to its good work, this time from a fellow Cape May County municipality.

Ocean City long has been willing to bear much of the cost of dredging itself and to streamline private investment by marinas and other properties. But for more than three decades it has been hard pressed to get state approval to put dredged material anywhere.

In the 1980s the state declined to let Ocean City deposit 100,000 cubic yards of silt on an island the state was using for the same purpose. A few years ago the city had to spend $2.7 million to have 50,000 cubic yards of dredged material hauled away by truck.

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