Construction has begun at Ocean County Park in Lakewood, NJ on the final components of a stormwater improvement project the American Littoral Society began working on with partners in 2015. The project is funded by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
As part of the project, two living shoreline sections will replace 140 feet of bulkhead along Duck Pond. As seen in the picture, a portion of the work will involve installation of coir logs, which will stabilize the shoreline where the bulkhead has been removed. Coir logs are biodegradable and made from fibrous material, which help establish plant growth for longer term erosion control.
Additional components of this project include two tree boxes designed to filter stormwater, two floating islands designed to mimic the natural processes through which wetlands remove pollutants such as nitrogen from water, and a vegetated swale planted with native species that will capture and filter stormwater runoff from the adjacent/bordering parking lot.
All of these together will help to clean polluted stormwater runoff before it enters the Metedeconk River Watershed, which feeds Barnegat Bay. Construction of the two living shoreline sections and vegetated bioswale is expected to be complete by early-mid November.
When all planted features are back in bloom in Spring of 2018, the Society along with project partners -- which include Princeton Hydro, Georgian Court University, the Ocean County Parks Department, and Brick Municipal Utilities Authority -- will host a fun filled day at the park celebrating the projects completion while educating the community on the importance of stormwater improvement projects.