N.Y. Harbor rocks to adorn Shore reefs

April 12, 2009 at 11:52 pm Leave a comment

Rocks blasted out of the bottom of New York Harbor are headed south, to New Jersey’s artificial fishing reefs where hopper barges will begin dropping chunks of sandstone, shale and granite around April 21, according to the state Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The drops this spring and summer will happen on the southern reefs, from the Garden State North site off Harvey Cedars down to the Cape May reef. The Axel Carlson reef off Manasquan Inlet and the Shark River reef will get rock in 2010, the department says.

Some four million cubic yards of rock are being generated by the Army Corps of Engineers as it continues its massive harbor deepening project along 35 miles of channels in the New York-New Jersey harbor complex. Channels that were dredged past 40 feet deep a decade ago — a project that also forced an end of unrestricted ocean disposal of dredge sediment — are going deeper now, to 50 to 53 feet.

Army corps planners and advocates in the shipping industry say it’s a project that will guarantee New Jersey’s continuing role as a trade hub in an age of deep-draft superships, the so-called Panamax class that just squeak through the Panama Canal. The project is going virtually around the clock through 2013.
By Kirk Moore

APP

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