Despite a few surprising days of coastal flooding, work continues at the Wreck Pond Restoration site. As of Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, 160 feet of the fish passage has been installed. The crew is working hard to backfill this area and regrade while also removing the coffer dam and wood pilings from this section and placing it in the next 200 foot section.
In the meantime, preparations are underway for a Spring start for adult river herring sampling and post-construction monitoring, as well as a Lunch & Learn program at the end of February.
The American Littoral Society will be hosting a Lunch and Learn on Saturday, February 27. The program will include the short film “Climate Change and the Jersey Shore” and a presentation on the Wreck Pond project by our Habitat Restoration Director, Al Modjeski. This popular event has reached capacity, however a link to the video and presentation will be made available on this website after the program. Please contact Habitat Restoration Coordinator, Jenna Krug at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions. Please check back next week for another project update. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more frequent updates and project photos.
This week marked a construction milestone at Wreck Pond, as the first section of culvert was installed. Prior to this moment, workers have been busy building the current 175-foot long wooden and steel cribbing structure to which the culvert would be anchored. As the culvert pieces are installed, workers will backfill the current construction area and begin excavating and shoring the next 175 feet of beach.
Work resumed at the Wreck Pond restoration site only days after Winter Storm Jonas blew into New Jersey. Despite reports of serious flooding and beach erosion to the south, the work site suffered little damage, thanks in large part to the preparation work crews from Simpson & Brown (the marine construction contractor for the project). Prior to the storm, which brought 50 mph winds and about two feet of snow, bulldozers created a second line of dunes on the beach and a sand berm around the ocean side of the construction area. Storm surge erased the first line of dunes and came over the second line in some spots. As a result water did fill the fish passage trench, but that served to reinforce the structure. The water was cleared only hours after workers returned to the site and the project continues on schedule.