Coastal Research Center

New Jersey Waterways Sediment Characterization


The Richard Stockton College Coastal Research Center in partnership with Ocean Coastal Consultants Inc., have developed a "Study Program" to support a long-term management strategy by the NJ DOT for dredging projects and dredged material placement.  One of the long-term interests of the Study Program is to turn the different types of dredge material into a commodity.

The Program is designed for facilitating the development of feasible dredging and dredge material placement/reuse options in order to encourage coastal waterway maintenance programs in Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May Counties.

The Study Program consists of three projects. 
These projects include:
(1) compiling a modern up-to-date GIS database of known dredged material disposal facilities, which includes characterization of dredged material holdings, estimated quantity, use history, and ownership,

(2) characterization of the bay waters through sediment distribution mapping, which will highlight areas likely in need of dredging and characterize the materials to be excavated, and

(3) spatial data analysis and modeling to determine sites suitable for prospective dredged material processing centers, and to identify and prioritize areas in need of maintenance dredging.