Strathmere lost 127K cubic yards of sand from Sandy

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STRATHMERE – Beaches in Strathmere and Whale Beach lost 127,000 cubic yards of sand as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Officials said most of the sand loss occurred in the Whale Beach section. Some of the sand is expected to migrate back to the beach, however.

Township engineer Paul Dietrich said he is working with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) to determine the cost of the damages. The township will be eligible for 75 percent reimbursement for a beach replenishment project to restore the beaches, he said.

Dredging company Weeks Marine completed a beach replenishment project in early 2012, which included beaches in Strathmere and Whale Beach and the state park area at the northern tip of the island.

More than 120,000 cubic yards of sand were pumped onto the Strathmere Natural Area in that project. Almost 330,000 cubic yards of sand were pumped onto Strathmere’s beaches.

Upper Township approved a $4.2 million bond to pay for the cost of the dredging. The township was reimbursed 75 percent of the cost FEMA since erosion occurred during storms declared federal disasters.

In 2009, Strathmere received almost 900,000 cubic yards of sand on its beaches and the state park at the northern tip of the island. That was Strathmere’s largest beach fill project in history.



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