- What About Putting People in Harms Way in Fortescue?
by New Jersey Sierra Club
According to DEP announcement today, a contractor of the agency will begin work next week on an interim project to protect Cumberland County’s East Point Lighthouse from storm surge and flooding. The $460,150 project will be implemented by Cape May County- based Walters Marine Construction, using a grant the State Historic Preservation Office secured from the National Park Service. The interim protection includes using a geotube system.
“The DEP is working to protect the historical East Point Lighthouse from sea level rise and flooding. It has to be done, especially because the Delaware Bayshore area is seeing the most climate impacts on the eastern seaboard. Even this project may not be enough long term to deal with what is happening along our coast,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club.“Meanwhile the DEP is putting more people in harm's way by putting a sewer plant in Fortescue.”
The Downe Township municipal chapter WMP proposed a new Fortescue wastewater treatment facility and corresponding sewer service area (SSA) to serve existing development in the Fortescue and Gandy's Beach Villages, the Fortescue Park/Heritage Hill Estates mobile home park and the Raybins Beach area, which are currently served by individual subsurface sewage disposal systems (ISSDS).
“What is troubling is that DEP is pushing for more development in flood prone areas in Fortescue. Places like Raybins Beach Area and Gandy’s Beach Villages are some of the most vulnerable areas on the east coast for climate impact places and are going under water. Conditions will get worse, and this project will put more people in harm’s way. These are places Blue Acres should be buying out not a place for new development,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “If the Murphy Administration want to protect our coastal areas from climate change, they need to stop this unneeded sewer plant from going forward.”