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Brick Township Fifth Graders Tackle Flooding Solutions With Help of Army Corps

Emma Havens students experience finding solutions to real-life problems in their town

The fifth grade STEM class at Emma Havens Young Elementary School has been working all school year with scientists and engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to research and come up with solutions for flooding issues in town and the surrounding area.

The students focused on bayside flooding in mainland Brick Township and how to prevent ocean breaches in the township's barrier island sections and in neighboring Mantoloking, where a major breach carved a new inlet during Superstorm Sandy.

The students donned waders and measured bay depths and water temperatures, dune heights and tidal swings to get to the root causes of flooding and how it can be prevented in their neighborhoods.

The video clip attached to this story shows the students' progress. Meanwhile, the Army Corps is expected to begin a major dune and beach replenishment project after Labor Day this year that will extend the width of beaches from Point Pleasant Beach to Seaside Park to 200 feet and create at least 25 foot-high dunes along the entirety of Ocean County's northern barrier island, several miles of which is within Brick's borders.
Daniel Nee May 05, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Nope, I believe you explained it quite well! My family lives in Surf City and, especially given that I was reporting on the project last summer there, in Brant Beach and Harvey Cedars, I spoke with some of the workers doing the project. They actually frequently brought in surveyors who would use all kinds of interesting equipment to calculate the height as it related to sea level. They did it at multiple points per block – in other words, very comprehensive! They also have this motorized tripod vehicle that has gigantic tires which a driver takes into the ocean and surveys from the sea floor itself connected with someone at the top of the dune. It's almost like something out of a sci-fi magazine and very, very cool to see in action. It was an interesting summer on the beach, to say the least!
Brandy the Dog May 05, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Thanks Dan, and I have followed your coverage on dunes/ FEMA/ ACOE with rapt attention. A couple of feet here or there doesn't really make difference anyhoo. It will change before your very eyes. What IS important the bigger picture. I recall the ACOE aerial photo of the extended beaches in Harvey Cedars/ Brant Beach area in a dunes article you reported on a while back. A picture is worth a thousand words. Just ask the folks down in Holgate. I know now more than ever that I'm not smarter than a Fifth Grader, but I'm trying. Thanks for the help.
Daniel Nee May 06, 2014 at 01:23 AM
No problem! Actually, I'm planning a followup on the LBI dunes soon. My family's street was actually completed the morning of July 4, and was already a bit smaller by the fall. It's still a nice size, but I was on the beach this weekend and it had lost a decent amount width-wise. The dunes are still holding very strong, though, and did their job during Sandy. I'm very interested to see how it all plays out on the northern island. The aerial photo (a small version, e-mail me if you'd like the original) of the difference in beach size is attached to this article: http://brick.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/brick-beach-project-wont-start-by-june
Brandy the Dog May 06, 2014 at 08:02 AM
Thanks Dan, but I "got the picture". When you refer to developments playing out on northern LBI, I assume you are referring to Loveladies, which is interesting indeed. I've also been wondering if the work being done on the jetty and in Barnegat Inlet will affect the accretion of sand in Barnegat Light. It makes me think a lot about jetties.

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