The dredged materials will be placed by USACE Philadelphia District (NAP), Operations Division within the State of New Jersey’s Heislerville Management Wildlife Management Area, an environmentally sensitive area. To optimize sediment placement and monitoring ongoing performance, our team is assisting in research, design, and in-field data collection. Beneficial use of dredge materials, however, is still an experimental practice and the processes of reestablishing intended ecosystem benefits (e.g., flood/storm protection, habitat, etc.) takes time and is poorly understood. After placement in fall 2022, our team will therefore provide post-placement monitoring to evaluate the ongoing ecological and morphological dynamics of the marsh.
Led By: Sean Burkholder, Karen M’Closkey and Keith VanDerSys