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Mayor: Bay Sand Was Environmentally Tested Before Being Deposited on Beach

Sand must have been deposited in bay by Sandy, mayor says

Sand south of Brick's public ocean beach. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Sand south of Brick's public ocean beach. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The darker sand that crews transported from Barnegat Bay back to the township's oceanfront was environmentally tested before it got there, Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said.

Some Brick residents have voiced concerns over the dark coloration of the sand that has been scooped from Barnegat Bay, sifted, then trucked across Route 35 to the township's ocean beach.

"Everything has been tested," said Acropolis. "They went out and did sampling before they pulled it out. They'll go to an area, do sampling, and it has to be material that got there from the beach."

"We're not dredging," he said.

The sand being transferred back to the ocean beach had to have been sand that washed into the bay during Superstorm Sandy, the state Department of Environmental Protection told Patch.

The work is being performed under a state contract with CrowderGulf, the firm that was hired to manage the cleanup of a portion of the state's waterways following Sandy.

Acropolis said there is a difference between the sand being deposited onto the oceanfront and dredge spoil.

"Dredge material is often sludge," he said. "This, after it goes through some drying, it's regular sand. Is it going to lighten up? It will. Is it going to take some time to do so? It will."

Acropolis said the sand is creating an important berm so homes, beaches and the island itself can be protected from future storms – and potential breaches. The alternative to re-using the sand that washed into the bay during Sandy would have been spending "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to truck in sand.

According to DEP records, the most recent water testing was performed on Brick Beach July 15. The latest tests for which data was available is the July 8 round of testing. Those results, from samples taken at Brick's public beach as well as the ocean beach at 7th Avenue, showed Brick as being tied for having the lowest contaminant reading available. The accepted amount of enterococci is 104 per 100 milliliters of water. Brick's readings showed less than 10.
DennyD July 16, 2013 at 04:57 PM
How hard would it be to get a spokesperson from the DEP to address this issue? Most of the citizens of Brick simply do not trust the lame duck Mayor.
Chief Wahoo July 16, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Looks like acrapolis.
grace July 16, 2013 at 06:27 PM
just like the waters were checked for debri
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 16, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Denny - This issue came up at a DEP press event and the testing was confirmed by DEP personnel.
Ken July 16, 2013 at 07:26 PM
I been to the area dredged along the bulkhead in the bay in front of the park across from Brick Beach 1 by boat. I went there last year before Sandy and now after the dredging. Areas that were no more than 2 to 3 feet deep are now 15 feet deep. They took a lot more sand out of the bay then Sandy put there.
WMS826 July 16, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Nows the time to do it...Clean up the bay and the lagoons....The sun will bleach the sand and remove any toxic materials in it as it disipates into the air.
DennyD July 16, 2013 at 09:46 PM
For Dan Nee Why didn't we get a quote from someone "qualified" to make the statements concerning the sand? Acropolis holds no sway over the taxpayers. If experts are calling the shots they should be making the statements.
Daniel Nee (Editor) July 17, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Denny - Sometimes employees of organizations or government agencies do not wish to be directly quoted. Your opinion of the mayor is your own, and that is fine. But for the purpose of news coverage, elected officials are valid sources from whom to obtain information on local issues.
KC July 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Sorry, Dan, I have to agree with Denny and others. The acropolis machine plain and simply has not proven to be honorable or reliable in presenting factual information in an honest or ethical way.
Stephen Mader July 17, 2013 at 08:42 AM
Cant believe the comments I am reading about Acropolis! If he is as inept as what the readers are saying, then why did some readers rag on McKeon about the dune issue? Afterall Acropolis was behind the lets slam McKeon campaign!!!! Apparently he was credible then, but now he is a lame duck mayor??? Cant please anyone these days.
Chief Wahoo July 17, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Stephen. Chief Wahoo was consistent. Chief Wahoo does not pick a team to root for , which makes consistency much easier. ANARCHO-CAPITALISM
John Zingis July 17, 2013 at 11:54 AM
I have to chime in on this one. I'd like to see the environmental investigation report to see what they tested for, etc. What's in the sand is in the crabs, clams and fish. I'll be over to town hall to file a FOIA request for peace of mind.
shorecorruption July 17, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Anyone can test for what,s in the black sand.The kits are available.Toxins,lead,oil,you name it.

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