Barnegat Bay Dredging Company wins $3.3M Maurice River contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, has awarded a $3.3 million contract to Barnegat Bay Dredging Company to conduct maintenance dredging of the lower Maurice River in Cumberland County, N.J.

The Fullerton, a Barnegat Bay Dredging Company vessel/Photo courtesy of USACE

The dredged sediment will be beneficially used to support eroded marsh areas within the Heislerville Wildlife Management Area.

More than 61,000 cubic yards of sediment will be dredged from the federal channel near the mouth of the Maurice River.

The sediment will be hydraulically pumped to protect an area fronting the Heislerville Dike and to eroded marsh areas of Northwest Reach, both within the Heislerville Wildlife Management Area. Wetlands in this area have been severely impacted by flooding, erosion, and subsidence.

Dredging is estimated to begin in the fall and be completed prior to March 1, 2024. The contract also includes an option to dredge and place additional sediment.

The initial sediment placement operation will be monitored and will inform future efforts to beneficially use dredged sediment.