Now that much of the Superstorm Sandy debris has been removed from the Brick Township portion of the Edwin B. Forsythe Refuge, contractors will be moving into Stafford Township, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials said.
has been EThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed the initial phase of a multimillion-dollar debris cleanup at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. The completed area, in southern New Jersey’s Brick Township, contained some of the most dense debris resulting from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.
"We're thrilled the work in Brick is complete, said refuge manager Virginia Rettig. “The work to clean up the refuge has been very tedious, as all debris must be hand-picked. The crews have been working very hard and are dedicated to cleaning up the refuge.”
More than 250 tons of debris were pulled from coastal marshes in Brick Township in an operation that was primarily water-based and relied on floating cranes and barges to reach isolated areas not accessible by land.
Most of the debris removed so far has been non-hazardous. But some household chemicals have been found and set aside for proper disposal, she said.
The next phase of the project will shift efforts southward to Stafford Township,
where significant amounts of litter and storm wreckage have washed over from
Long Beach Island. The operation will then move down to Eagleswood Township.
The cleanup began in Stafford in early
April. Most work is occurring off of
Cedar Run Dock Road. Partial road blockages, which would allow trucks to haul
out debris from staging areas, are expected to be infrequent with few
anticipated disruptions to local traffic. Work will continue through the
The debris removal is funded through the Fish and Wildlife Service by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Funding for the cleanup will also repair roads and trails and provide backup power sources at the Forsythe refuge.