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GENERAL PERMIT 29 – Dredging and Management of Material from a Marina Deposited as a Result of a Storm event for which the Governor Declared a State of Emergency

General Permit 29 authorizes the dredging and management of material from a marina that was deposited as a result of a storm event for which the Governor declared a State of Emergency, provided:

  • The dredged material is sand;
  • The depth in the area after the proposed dredging is completed does not exceed the depth in that area prior to the storm event;
  • The area to be dredged is limited to the area in which material was deposited as a result of the storm event; and
  • A 25’ buffer is provided from any wetlands to the nearest edge of the area to be dredged (unless the area to be dredged is within an existing maintained navigation channel or basin and in such cases, the area to be dredged shall be limited to the existing channel or basin).

Please be advised:

  • Sand means, for the purposes of this section, a material consisting of 90% or greater of particles by weight retained on a 0.0625 mm sieve.
  • If the dredged material is not sand, the material must be temporarily disposed of in an existing upland confined disposal facility located on the marina property until a final placement site is determined.
  • Material determined to be sand shall be placed at either an on-site or off-site location that has been approved by the Department. The beneficial use of this dredged sand is encouraged.
  • Material determined not to be sand shall be disposed of in an existing upland confined disposal facility located on the marina property, until beneficially used at an on- or off-site location. 
  • An application under this General Permit shall be received by the Department no later than 24 months after the date the Governor declared a State of Emergency.
  • An authorization of dredging issued under this General Permit shall not be considered in determining whether a future dredging activity constitutes maintenance dredging as defined at N.J.A.C. 7:7-12.6 at the same site.

Full details are provided at N.J.A.C.7:7-6.29

If your project does not meet the requirements of the General Permit 29, it may qualify for another General Permit, Permit-by-rule, or an Individual Permit.  Additional information on these permit types can be found on the Coastal Permitting page.

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