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Barnegat Bay Cleanup Contract Awarded

CrowderGulf, headquartered in Theodore, Alabama, will undertake bay cleanup and dredging effort

An Alabama company will undertake a massive cleanup and debris removal effort in Barnegat Bay following Superstorm Sandy.

State authorities have removed more than 1,000 boats since the storm hit, but the remains of many others, plus debris resulting from everything from destroyed homes to derelict vessels previously undetected pose a threat to navigation as the spring boating season draws near.

Three companies were awarded contracts to clear New Jersey's waterways of debris, hopefully before spring arrives. Donjon Marine will be responsible for the northern portion of the state, from the New York border to Raritan Bay. CrowderGulf, of Theodore, Alabama, will be responsible for the central portion of the state, from the Navesink River in Monmouth County to the southern tip of Island Beach State Park in Ocean County, including Barnegat Bay and its tributaries. The southern portion of the state, all areas south of Barnegat Inlet including the Delaware Bay region, will be handled by AshBritt Inc., of Florida.

"As a result of Sandy, there is a significant amount of debris and sand in waterways across the state," the state Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement. "A large volume of debris has been identified."

The area with the worst structural damage was identified as northern Barnegat Bay, near the area where a 20 foot-deep inlet formed near Herbert Street in Mantoloking.

In all, 58 buildings and eight cars were washed into the bay, a state report said.

Even away from the area immediately adjacent to Mantoloking, "considerable sunken vessels and concentrations of other debris, such as trees, docks, furniture, and light outdoor structures in waterways" have been identified, the report said.

About 20 boats still remain in a virtual marine graveyard off Route 70 in Brick in a former supermarket parking lot turned into a DEP debris removal site following the storm.

Crews will use SONAR and other technologies to scan the bottom of Barnegat Bay and its tributaries, including the Manasquan River, of debris. Then, after the debris is hauled onto barges and then trucks for final removal, the channels will be dredged to remove excess sand brought into the waterways.

"The goal is to ensure that lesser impacted waterways can be open as much as possible for recreational use by the summer, and that some other waterways can be opened for restricted use, providing safety for the boating public, especially in Barnegat Bay," the DEP's statement said.

The department said it will handle 75 percent reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the cleanup effort gets underway.

bernie February 19, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Can not believe AshBritt has there thieving hands in it again. The state never learns...
Forked River Piney February 19, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Don't blame me I didn't vote for these thieves that run Ocean County or Gov Chrisco
shoreliving February 20, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Anyone have any information as to what type of contracts were awarded or how many people bid? I would be curious if they just awarded to everyone who was technically acceptable. I also am wondering if they built in any performance incentives to hopefully get the area ready by summer. Hopefully FEMA or whoever awarded the contracts will have knowledgeable Contracting Officer Technical Representatives active on site to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the contracts. I also wonder how long the period of performance is for the contracts.
Forked River Piney February 20, 2013 at 01:18 AM
How were the contracts awarded? Ashbritt received a NO BID contract from Gilmore and Gov Tubby There bid was double what others charged but they will kick in millions to the republicon Super Pac money that could have went to the ppl most effected Greed is Good Wonder if Happy Gilmore has went to visit Mike Ritacco?
pete February 20, 2013 at 01:46 AM
wow piney....you sure got some liberal problems going there. go to DC where you'll be more welcome
A Resident February 20, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Ready by summer? Do you have any concept of the amount of work that needs to be done to have the bays and waterway's cleared? Summer? Maybe summer of 2014.
proud February 20, 2013 at 02:32 AM
@ pete, they in D C would never even notice.
Forked River Piney February 20, 2013 at 02:36 AM
ah lil petey has a problem with reality here in Nepotismville I hope youre not trying to say Gilmore didn't give them a no bid contract that cost the taxpayers more then double read man read is Bushs war in Iraq paid for yet?
CJ February 20, 2013 at 03:16 AM
@Forked River Piney: "is Bushs war in Iraq paid for yet?" The same one that 95% of the Dem Senate voted for??? Please refrain from being too intellectually dishonest when attempting to post one-line zingers...... makes you look foolish - piney (lol)
proud February 20, 2013 at 03:29 AM
@CJ the piney from fr is not actually intellectually dishonest. Now,intellectually void is a whole different story.
Tom Messina February 20, 2013 at 05:29 AM
cj now the democrats are the reason we went to iraq? lol . yeah right. maybe you forgot the part where bush talked about the "terrorizers" and " if youre not with us youre against us" . proud is still miffed that boss hog and rude reid got voted out along with every tea bag politician from allen west to todd akin. lacey and america were sick of them.
mark blake February 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Wow ashbritt
proud February 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM
@Tom Messina, or whomever you choose to be today, you are quite wrong in your assumption as to whom I voted for. As a voter, I evaluate my choice of candidates based on their merits, or lack thereof. I do suppose that differentiates me from those who vote strictly along the "party line", and for that I am relieved. Now, I have some questions. Do you really think that Mr. Parker or Mr. Reid played any role in the decision making process to invade Iraq and do you think that the vast majority of Americans are even aware of them?
Forked River is full of Pineys February 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM
I guess Cj and proud don't believe Colin Powell Iraq didn't have WMD s I did like the photo op of Bush in his fly boy suit mission accomplished? lol Maybe it was the one he was issued before he went AWOL
Dave February 20, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Will the Army Corps of Engineers be during a survey to see how the sand has shifted under the water? I noticed some of the islands off Berkeley Island Park are under water. Have some of the dunes from Island Beach State Park under he water and made once deep areas shallow? Haven't heard anything about the shifting sands.
Condor February 20, 2013 at 09:46 PM
I would be afraid to take a boat or jet ski out on the bay. You never know what you might hit. I never even thought about the shifting sands.
lacey voter February 20, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Gilmore and the cronies will hire ash-brit to take care of our goose problem.
John Eric Mangino February 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I will post photos tomorrow showing the marsh and debris Ashbritt didn't clean when they sweep threw Manahawkin that should been cleaned up . Why we needed to hire this firm to pick garbage up from the curbs still remains a mystery . Now our most important asset is going to left to them to clean ? Is this madness ever going to end .... I say hire local baymen give us the equipment and we can get it done better Quicker and Kinder to the Areas these guys have no business being in our bays . and Lagoons . Like see that contract . No wonder they didnt clean what they could of they knew they would be double dipping . These guys wont even get out there trucks there going to go out in the bay in February ??? Hire locals
Jack Miller February 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM
I agree John!
Billy Mc Namara February 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM
I have 2 questions about this article thats actually related to the article, i have no idea why Proud ended up talking about parker and reid voting for Iraq. First question is why is the bay so low the past few days.? I,ve lived down here 20 years and have never seen it so low you can actually see the car and boat parts buried in the mud. Second question is did christie really give the debris clean up contract to a Florida firm? I guess NJ must be back to full employment and we are now having to find workers from out of state. Hey at least he hugged a lot of people right after Sandy. The mark of a perfect politician he hugs you before he f.....s you.
proud February 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM
@ Billy McNamara, thank you for making my point. It has NOTHING to do with the article. I was responding to participants that seem hell bent on injecting an extreme political agenda into nearly every thread that appears in this forum. Of course, there has yet to be any substantive value to any of it. As to your questions, I do not know why the water level has been so low, though often in winter you will see bottom where you usually do not. The contracts for waterway debris removal and restoration were awarded to three firms. One from Florida, one from Alabama and a third from New Jersey (though that is not noted here).Did you read the entire article and thread? By the way,There is no such thing as full employment and the unemployment rate is about to see a large reversal if something is not done to amend the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012. www.stopfemanow.com
Forked River Piney February 21, 2013 at 01:03 AM
no proud it has to do with republicon boss Gilmore and Gov Chrisco lining the Super Pac s pockets by fleeceing the tax payers how else do you explain using tax payer money to pay double Towns that employed debris-removal contractors other than a state-hired Florida firm achieved savings that, when totaled, amount to millions of dollars of taxpayer money. Florida-based AshBritt Inc. charged towns $21.25 per cubic yard to gather roadside debris and bring it to a collection site within 15 miles. That was nearly double the $11.70 asking price of another Florida company, Bergeron, and other firms, records show put down the republicon Kool aide and remove your head from your ass
Billy Mc Namara February 21, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Actually proud it was you who brought up washington and politics followed by an incoherent CJ thinking bush and the republicans somehow had nothing to do with iraq. Yes it was in sarcasm when i spoke of full employment in nj i,m still wondering why firms from the south were used when we can put NJ people to work. It speaks volumes to how much those Sandy photo ops did for Christie because up till the superstorm Christie had done a lot of job killing of course unless it was his developer buddies etc. which brings it back to another relevant point to this article which is the already overwhelmed sewer and water treatment systems in NJ. During the storm billions of gallons of raw sewage poured into our waterways and lakes because the system simply couldnt handle it.Christie is allowing his developer buddies to build housing developments and strip malls in areas that have been protected for years and without even a sewer system in place first. Christie may be trying to pull debris from the bay but even as we speak he is making moves to replace that debris with everything from fertilizer run off to even raw sewage. I wonder if those from the south will be so quick to grab the nj jobs to fix that future mess. The new water treatment plants needed to offset what christie is doing will cost us many billions of dollars.
proud February 21, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Did you read the article and thread?
Forked River Piney February 21, 2013 at 01:32 AM
@proud Did you read the article in which Ash Britt was handed a NO BID Contract that fleeced the taxpayers or did your Chirstie pom poms hit you in the eye
proud February 21, 2013 at 01:38 AM
My apologies if I offended all one of you.
John Eric Mangino February 21, 2013 at 01:39 AM
West Winds blow the tides out . every winter you just probably dont notice it thou there is alot of silting everywhere . I would hope that all the nor'easter we have had have washed the sewage out to sea thou not a pretty thought . There will remain residuals that why cleaning the marshes and wetlands should be a high priority done by local knowledgeable sean bay men etc. Im shocked at the area still loaded with debris in video what the hell is wrong with that town clean it charge it back . I started sailors for Sandy just for this reason . To have local knowledgable bay men clean and protect our water ways and secret finishing ,crabbing spots from being destroyed . By outside contractors . Listen I watehed a jack ass last week pull his barge and rig threw our lagoon with a bucket ripping the bottom every step of the way in low tide threw ice to go fix someones dock . for gods sakes None is monitoring this and its open to destruction He was out the channel didnt have a clue where he should be but for gods shake lets get the barge and exactor in to fix a dock that wont be used for at least five months . I sat in just pure disbelief . Geez if your gonna do some thing so fat headed at least dig in the channel god knows it needs it .
proud February 21, 2013 at 01:40 AM
No comment
Joseph Federici March 01, 2013 at 03:46 AM
I rode out the storm on the Barnegat Bay. I made a blog post of my personal story, with pictures, if anyone cares. http://barnegatbayblog.wordpress.com/
Kelley March 01, 2013 at 04:04 AM
I read your blog Joseph Federici. You did not ride out the storm on the Barnegat Bay, you rode it out in a multi-story house. I thought you were literally out on a boat! I know a guy who rode the storm out inside of his 35 foot boat on the Forked River... That was wild..

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