Earlier Inlet dredging to address ‘urgent’ navigational issue

The shoal in the Manasquan River Inlet has built up significantly since the start of the beach replenishment projects. In a week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be performing emergency dredging of the area. PHOTO BY MARK R. SULLIVAN

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — A series of three Nor’easters has created what officials are calling “an urgent navigation issue” at the mouth of the Manasquan River Inlet.

The issue is accelerated shoaling, Mayor Stephen Reid said. “Basically what happens is the water is more shallow in that area and that causes the water to get rough,” he explained.

The borough has informed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [USACE] that emergency dredging is needed.

“We haven’t had any incidents yet, but that’s exactly what we want to avoid,” Mayor Reid said.

USACE will be dredging the mouth of the Manasquan River Inlet in roughly a week’s time, in mid-June, about a month ahead of their regular maintenance dredging. According to Steve Rochette, press officer for the Army Corps, two 24-hour dredging sessions will take place this month to remove part of the shoal.

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