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Avalon Pursues Dredging Application

Posted May 23rd 2022

Avalon could soon be cutting out the red tape involved in dredging projects. In April, the Borough participated in a pre-application meeting with several agencies in anticipation of submitting a 10-year dredging permit application. During the meeting with Genevieve Sarlo of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Borough presented a map that demonstrates the current condition of navigational channels detailing the benefits of a town-wide permit.

What does this mean? If approved, the Borough would no longer have to apply for emergency permits as conditions arise, as well as eliminate the costs and time for property owners who need to dredge individual boat slips. All of these projects would be covered under the Borough’s proposed general permit, and property owners would now need to submit an application to the Borough to dredge, as opposed to applying to federal and/or state agencies.

In addition to resident and town-wide savings in time and funding, the permit application also would further support the redistribution of dredge materials in identified locations for coastal resiliency and environmental enhancement purposes. These dredge materials have been studied through the Seven Mile Innovation Lab project, coordinated by The Wetlands Institute and the Army Corps of Engineers. Dr. Lenore Tedesco, the executive director of the institute, has previously presented to Borough Council on the many benefits and potential placement areas for dredged materials that would allow environmental enhancements and resiliency.

“This innovative and new approach to current regulations and requirements permits dredging for future save navigation, beneficial re-use, and natural resiliency,” said Mayor Martin Pagliughi. “The Borough intends to be a model opportunity for other communities to replicate with this new plan, as many coastal communities face similar challenges.”

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