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Ocean Acres Stormwater Mgmt. Investigation Project

TOWNSHIP OF STAFFORD

New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers
Project of the Year

Project History:

Throughout the last twenty years flooding within sections of the Ocean Acres Community became apparent and more prevalent. Certain areas were experiencing rising water and flooding caused by stormwater runoff almost everytime there was even a moderate rainfall. Several high intensity short duration storms occurred causing additional flooding in various areas, destroyed significant property, and caused severe erosion along roadways and stream corridors, which resulted in the outpouring of residents at Public Meetings

Though spot improvements were accomplished to address the flooding conditions over the past 20 years, these improvements did not provide the complete solution and did not fix the problem. Therefore in 2009, the Mayor and Township Council commissioned their newly appointed Municipal Engineer John J. Stefani, to address the concerns of the residents of Ocean Acres.

Client Requirements:

  • STOP THE 20 YEAR FLOODING PROBLEMS WITHIN THE OCEAN ACRES COMMUNITY
  • STOP THE POLLUTION OF THE BARNEGAT BAY CAUSED BY STORMWATER RUNOFF
  • DEVELOP A PHASED MANAGEMENT PLAN THAT WILL ADDRESS THE IMMEDIATE AND LONG TERM SOLUTIONS FOR THE TOWNSHIP
  • IDENTIFY FUNDING ALTERNATIVES
  • ACQUIRE ALL PERMITS NECESSARY FOR IMPROVEMENTS
  • PREPARE CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS AND PERFORM CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AS NEEDED
  • KEEP THE GOVERNING BODY AND THE RESIDENTS NOTIFIED OF PROGRESS

Unique or Unusual Design and Management Features:

  • CONDUCT A STORMWATER EVALUATION OF THE AREA TO IDENTIFY THE DEFICIENCIES AND AREAS NEEDED TO BE CORRECTED TO MITIGATE THE FLOODING
  • SECURE A $1,000,000 PRINCIPAL FORGIVENESS LOAN THROUGH THE N.J.E.I.T. UNDER THE BARNEGAT BAY INITIATIVE FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS TO FORECASTLE BASIN
  • DESIGN AND CONSTRUCT AN IMPROVED BASIN OUTLET STRUCTURE ENABLING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS TO LOWER THE LEVEL OF THE LAKE IN ADVANCE OF LARGE STORMS
  • UTILIZATION OF AQUATIC PLANTS AND FLOATING ISLANDS TO REDUCE NITROGEN AND PHOSPHATE LEVELS IN THE WATER, TWO COMPOUNDS THAT LEAD TO EUTROPHICATION
  • THE DESIGN OF THE IMPROVEMENTS OF FORECASTLE BASIN ALSO IMPROVED THE WATER QUALITY LEAVING THE BASIN WHICH GETS DISCHARGED TO TRIBUTARIES THAT FEED BARNEGAT BAY
  • SECURE A $250,000 PRINCIPAL FORGIVENESS LOAN THROUGH THE N.J.E.I.T. UNDER THE BARNEGAT BAY INITIATIVE FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS TO NEPTUNE BASIN
  • CONVERT THE EXISTING NEPTUNE BASIN, WHICH WAS FORMERLY A DETENTION BASIN INTO MANMADE BIO-RETENTION BASIN
  • DEVELOPMENT OF A UNIQUE DESIGN FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE NEPTUNE BASIN. THE PROJECT IS PRESENTLY WAITING TO OBTAIN APPROVAL FROM THE NEW JERSEY PINELANDS COMMISSION.  ADDITIONALLY A PARTIAL PRINCIPAL FORGIVENESS LOAN HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR WITH THE N.J.E.I.T. UNDER THE BARNEGAT BAY INITIATIVE
  • APPLY FOR A WAIVER OF STRICT COMPLIANCE FROM THE NEW JERSEY PINELANDS COMMISSION. ONLY 3 HAVE BEEN GRANTED IN THE LAST 30 YEARS

The Result:

Through the hard work and tenacity of their Municipal Engineer, the residents of the Township of Stafford, especially the Ocean Acres Community, have already realized the benefit of the Stormwater Management Investigation Project. Initial improvements identified by this management project, and completed, have already alleviated the flooding events experienced over the last twenty years. Residents formerly troubled by annoying flooded yards, basements, and streets are finally pleased. The final phase, presently in the permit process will provide the Ocean Acres area with increased flood management for many years to come. Additionally, the constructed improvements were designed in a manner that improved the water quality of the Barneget Bay.