New Jersey beaches - 8/31/2009 Jersey Shore Beach...

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This copy is for your personal, noncommercial use only. You can order presentation- ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers here or use the "Reprints" tool that appears next to any article. Visit www.nytreprints.com for samples and additional information. Order a reprint of this article now. March 8, 2009 Gains, and Losses, Along the Shore By COLEEN DEE BERRY Long Branch A FEW days after the Army Corps of Engineers finished its beach replenishment project last month along the shore here, Andrew Mencinsky put on his wet suit and went surfing. Mr. Mencinsky, the executive director of Surfers’ Environmental Alliance , was braced for bad news. Beach replenishment projects on the Jersey Shore in the past have destroyed good surfing conditions, in the opinion of many local surfers, because the newly added sand has altered the way the waves hit the beach. But this latest replenishment project, he said, left him “pleasantly surprised.” This time, the Corps of Engineers had consulted with surfers and worked to repair erosion while maintaining a surfer-friendly beach. Though the $9.3 million project ultimately was less than advocates hoped for, Mr. Mencinsky said, “this project definitely represents a first step forward in changing how beach nourishment is done.” Since the early 1990s, the Corps of Engineers has spent more than $209 million and pumped about 31 million cubic yards of sand along the Jersey Shore in one of the nation’s largest continuing beach replenishment programs. As the battle against beach erosion in New Jersey continues, the effort can benefit from lessons learned over the past two decades. This winter, the corps undertook two beach projects, one in Long Branch, the other on Long Beach Island, each with its own challenges. The New York District of the corps oversaw the Long Branch project, while the Philadelphia District office has been overseeing the $71 million Long Beach Island replenishment project, which began at the end of 2006. In Long Branch, beginning this December, workers with Weeks Marine , a Cranford- based company, pumped 700,000 cubic yards of sand along a quarter-mile stretch 8/31/2009 Jersey Shore Beach Replenishmen… nytimes.com/…/08beachnj.html?p… 1/4
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of beach north of Cedar Avenue to counteract storm erosion. The
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