The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has issued approval for the Carteret Borough’s application to construct a municipal marina at the Carteret Waterfront Park.
The approval, which represents the culmination of a decade of planning and development, will allow the construction of nearly 200 slips for recreational boat users and the environmental remediation of the long-abandoned IT Williams treatment pond, adjacent to the Arthur Kill channel.
The Borough initially applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the necessary permits to build a municipal marina but was denied. Upon appeal, the Borough was granted a reversal with remand for additional consideration of the marina permits.
The USACE completed its review of the marina application during the summer of 2015. With the approval of the NJDEP waterfront development permit and related environmental certifications, it is anticipated that the USACE will issue final approval of the marina construction in the near future.
The project will be funded through a combination of federal, state, and county funds that have been awarded over a period of several years.
Brownfield Development Area (BDA) funding will assist with the remediation and dredging that will make way for the marina, together comprising Phase III of Waterfront Park’s development.
The municipal marina will provide opportunities for Carteret as well as Central New Jersey residents to have access to the water which will provide tremendous recreational outlets.