New Jersey Back Bays Coastal Storm Risk Management Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is conducting the New Jersey Back Bays Study to investigate Coastal Storm Risk Management strategies and solutions for reducing damages from coastal flooding affecting population, critical infrastructure, critical facilities, property, and ecosystems. The Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor estuary is one of the water bodies included in the study. The report outlines a ‘Tentatively Selected Plan’ framework for the study area, which includes three storm surge barriers, two cross-bay barriers, and the elevation of more than 18,000 structures to reduce the risk of flood damages associated with storm surge. The Barnegat Bay Partnership has more information about the study here, including a recording of a virtual meeting with USACE staff about the Tentatively Selected Plan.