Forsythe Refuge Sandy Cleanup Completed in Brick

Initial cleanup in Brick section of wildlife refuge is done

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 summer.

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.

anonymous April 29, 2014 at 09:20 AM
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-------------anonymous
Linda Lil April 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM
wow. I am very happy about this as I have been there hiking and did notice a lot of debris. I look forward to them fixing the trails there too. It is a natural gift to all of us. thank you! :)
Glenn April 29, 2014 at 10:29 AM
I live across from the wetlands at the end of the Metedeconk and watched 8 barge loads of debris removed. The guys had to haul most, if not all, out by hand. I couldn't believe how much was hauled out. We watched and figured the first two barges were all they would find, but they just kept coming back and going in deeper. Incredible job and extremely well done.
anonymous April 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Is that a new reply button ----if so thank you patch----anonymous
anonymous April 29, 2014 at 10:49 AM
I went hiking last weekend down taylor rd in barnegat. I saw a gate saying this area closed anyone know the road??????


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