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The Team Who Keeps The Jersey Shore Clean

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Summer is full steam ahead and the Army Corps of Engineers is doing what they can to help keep people safe along the Jersey Shore! Captain Dan Petrie is in charge of the massive vessel that scours the waterways to make sure that beachgoers have a great, safe summer by cleaning up debris before it lands on the beaches.

“It could be anything from household garbage, to hold docks, to you see a lot of plastic bags,” he explained.

Water monitoring is going to be very big this year because the EPA has grounded their helicopters which used to survey the entire coast of New Jersey and New York and spot large floatables in the water as well as oil slicks and algae blooms.

The reason for the grounding is due to less money and fewer employees which left the EPA with little choice but to end the program. Chris Gardner with the Army Corps of Engineers said that this program will surely be missed.

“It’ll definitely be felt. There’ll be an impact because they are a huge benefit to the program, but on the other hand ya know, we’re gonna continue to do as much as we can. We’re gonna work with our partners on the water, the Coast Guard, the NYPD, the Jersey State Police, and pretty much anybody really in the marine community. If they see something they’ll report it to us, they’ll report it to the Coast Guard or someone who will report it to us and then we’ll try and track it down,” he explained.

The vessel is occupied by a six man crew and the collected debris is discarded at the Newark Bay landfill.

“In a normal year the drift collection will 530,000 cubic feet of drift and debris. So in last fiscal year which included Hurricane Sandy, it was about 675,000,” Gardner confirmed.

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