TOMS RIVER -?Beachgoers became concerned on Thursday whenever a substance described by News 12 Nj-new jersey as "black rocks and pebbles"?that?could crumble easily began to displayed on the beach from the Ortley Beach section of Toms River as a beach replenishment program got underway.
Toms River councilwoman Maria Maruca told Jersey Shore Online she spoke to township engineer Robert Chankalian who thought it can be residue originating from a 1965 boardwalk fire in Ortley Beach.
Steve Rochette, spokesman to your U.S. Army Corp of Engineers' Philadelphia District, told New Jersey 101.5 it appears to be the dredging project hit a layer of peat while in the offshore burrow area.
"Peat may be a naturally sourced material which is typically a mixture of ancient soil and vegetative materials. Though undesirable including a nuisance inside of a beachfill operation, they may be sometimes encountered over the dredging process,"
Rochette said the peat is usual down the entire Nj-new jersey coatsline. It was first noticed on this project on Thursday every time a darker material began to be pumped in the beach. The township raked the beach but happened to be lessen most the peat, reported by Rochette.
"USACE and NJDEP work closely with Weeks Marine to be sure inclusion of them materials in the beachfill are kept in the absolute minimum, but occasionally these materials could be present in the beachfill, but present no danger towards the environment or public.
Rochette said the USACE has successfully pumped over Two million cubic yards of sand into the beaches of Mantoloking and Brick Township during their project.
"The project, once fully completed, will take care of approximately 14 miles of coastline along the Barnegat Peninsula and may prevent storm damages with the communities of Point Pleasant Beach, Bay Head, Mantoloking, Brick Township, Toms River Township, Lavallette, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, and Berkeley Township."
Township spokeswoman Stacy Proebstle said beaches are typical open in Ortley Beach.