Lautenberg, Menendez: Senate Committee Approves $140.5 Million for Energy and Water Projects in New Jersey

Lautenberg, Menendez: Senate Committee Approves $140.5 Million for Energy and Water Projects in New Jersey

Washington - U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, which would bring New Jersey more than $140 million for clean energy, beach replenishment, flood mitigation and harbor maintenance projects across the state. The bill now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.

"This measure would strengthen New Jersey's water infrastructure, protect our communities from flooding and invest in clean energy sources," said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. "Investing in storm damage protection and beach restoration will help protect our coastal communities and ensure that New Jersey's shore economy remains vibrant. This bill also holds critical funding for projects that will help make sure New Jersey remains at the forefront of clean energy innovation."

"By protecting our Shore and helping it to recover from recent severe storms, these investments will support New Jersey families and business who rely on our coastline for their livelihood," Menendez said. "The investments to prevent and prepare for flooding will help New Jerseyans in flood prone areas to protect their families and properties. The investments in infrastructure and renewable energy will help create jobs and rebuild our economy for the 21st Century."

New Jersey would receive $140.5 million in funds for projects including:

Beach Replenishment

These funds will go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for beach renourishment and storm damage reduction projects in the following communities:

Long Beach Island (Barnegat Inlet to Little Egg Inlet) - $7.6 million

Ocean City, Upper Township and Sea Isle City (Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet)- $2 million

Cape May (Lower Cape May Meadows) - $8.92 million

Port Monmouth (Raritan and Sandy Hook Bay) - $1.5 million

Southern Long Branch (Sandy Hook to Barnegat Inlet) - $2 million

Stone Harbor and Avalon(Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet) - $2 million

New Jersey Alternative Long-Term Beach Nourishment Study - $200,000 to evaluate methods to manage New Jersey's coastal projects on a regional basis to increase benefits from Federal investments and to ultimately reduce long-term nourishment costs.

Harbor Maintenance

These funds will go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for regional harbor maintenance projects:

New York and New Jersey Channel Maintenance - $6.15 million

New York Harbor Drift Collection - $7.2 million

New York Harbor Prevention of Obstructive Deposits - $1.045 million

Flood Mitigation

These funds will go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood mitigation and water infrastructure projects:

Passaic River Flood Warning System - $570,000 for a flood warning and response system

Passaic River Flood Management (Floodway Buyout) - $500,000 to prepare houses in the floodplain for future buyouts

Raritan River Basin, Green Brook Sub-basin - $1 million to initiate planning for construction of flood mitigation projects in Middlesex borough and Green Brook Township

Joseph G. Minish Historic Waterfront Park, Newark - $3 million for shoreline infrastructure development along the Passaic riverfront

Energy

These funds will be used for energy efficiency research and building and for the development of clean energy technology:

Rutgers University Livingston Campus Geothermal Energy System - $750,000 to install energy efficient geothermal technology to support the redevelopment of Livingston Campus.

Township of Brick - $650,000 for the transformation of a landfill into a renewable energy solar farm.

Rowan University Renewable Fuel Initiative - $750,000 for a renewable fuel research and development initiative.

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