WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) today announced $1,849,447.88 in federal Sandy relief grants to the Township of Upper for the engineering of Strathmere Beach, protecting it against future erosion. The grant is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program.

"Superstorm Sandy proved just how valuable beach engineering projects like these are in protecting our shores and our communities. They are a critical part of our Sandy recovery and will help make certain that future generations will have all of the beauty and environmental resources of our shores," said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation in the fight for federal Sandy relief. "This Sandy relief made directly to Upper Township will help sustain Strathmere Beach for the community and the entire State of New Jersey. I will continue fighting for federal resources to continue New Jersey's recovery from Superstorm Sandy."

"This type of project will help New Jersey continue its recovery and prevent severe damage and erosion during future storms," said Sen. Chiesa. "I appreciate FEMA's continued assistance to the State of New Jersey and will work to ensure all available resources are focused on these critically important project areas."

Strathmere Beach in Upper Township is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 16-mile project extending from Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet, and includes the municipalities of Ocean City, Upper Township, and Sea Isle City. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project is awaiting construction funding.

In January, President Barack Obama signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.

Public Assistance grants are awarded by FEMA on a rolling basis after receiving applications from the state, which coordinates the process with local governments.