Menendez, Booker Laud $1 Million in Federal Funds to Protect New Jersey Coastal Wetlands

Menendez, Booker Laud $1 Million in Federal Funds to Protect New Jersey Coastal Wetlands

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded New Jersey $1 million in federal funding from the National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant Program to protect New Jersey coastal wetlands from development and rising sea levels.  

“With the effects of climate change becoming increasingly apparent each day, it is important for the federal government to invest in projects that will preserve and protect the vital ecosystems on which so many living things depend on for survival,” said Sen. Menendez. “But this grant is about much more than preserving habitats. It’s about conserving our natural protections from coastal flooding, stabilizing shorelines in the face of sea-level rise, protecting water quality, and safeguarding economic and recreational benefits for anglers, boaters and wildlife watchers. I’ll continue to fight each day for the protection and preservation of New Jersey’s environmental assets.’”

“Restoring New Jersey’s wetlands is critical to stemming the effects of climate change and protecting us from catastrophic events like Superstorm Sandy,” said Sen. Booker. “This federal grant represents a key investment in New Jersey’s unique ecosystems that will help strengthen the ecological health of our region while taking an important step towards mitigating against the increasing threats of climate change and sea level rise.”  

This $1 million grant will contribute to a $2,380,952.38 New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Green Acres acquisition of  a 210-acre Cape May County property known as Delsea Woods. The property contains a significant amount of habitat identified as nationally decreasing coastal wetlands types, along with beachfront and structures to be removed and demolished prior to acquisition. Delaware Estuary is a globally significant stopover site for migratory neotropical birds. The Delaware Bayshore, which includes the project site, has been designated as Hemispherically Important within the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. The wetlands within the Delaware Estuary have been designated as a Ramsar site. The site is also part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan’s “Delaware Bayshore Focus Area.