Shooting Island’s Restoration Work Begins

Contractors began work Wednesday on Ocean City’s restoration of Shooting Island, the longest living shoreline project in New Jersey history.

This fall, Ocean City received a long-awaited permit for wetlands restoration and enhancement at Shooting Island in Great Egg Harbor Bay. The permit enables the city to move forward with another piece of its long-range plan for dredging, maintenance and restoration of the city’s beautiful back-bay recreational area.

The first phase of Shooting Island restoration will help provide coastal resiliency and reduction of storm impacts to Ocean City’s bayfront. Shooting Island has seen significant degradation of its shoreline, receding nearly 60 feet since 1978. More than 150 acres of tidal wetlands will be restored and protected.

The project also will restore habitat for marine life, birds and other coastal species. Subsequent phases of the project could use material dredged from the bottom of adjacent shallow waterways to further restore the island. The work will take advantage of a $2.6 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to experiment with ways to “create and stabilize wetlands”

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