Today, Congressman Andrews announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $323,000 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for the creation of a new shoreline in Camden that will protect our region from storm surges and rising waters.
In conjunction with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will use the $323,000 grant to design the restoration of shorelines in Camden's future Cramer Hill Waterfront Park and Phoenix Park in south Camden. The Cramer Hill Waterfront Park, which will be located on the site of the former Harrison Avenue Landfill, will include a mile-long riverfront greenway and restoration of the shoreline along the Cooper and Delaware Rivers.
"These improvements along Camden's waterfront will help protect the nearby residential and commercial properties from the next hurricane Sandy and shield South Jersey from much of the flooding that has affected our region for ages," said Congressman Andrews. "The project will not only yield construction and engineering jobs, but it will improve the value of the waterfront properties and aid in the city's revitalization."
"Today's announcement from the EPA truly is great news for Camden," Camden City Mayor Dana Redd said. "There are plenty of wonderful development projects occurring in Camden and the $323,000 grant to restore shorelines in the Cramer Hill and Waterfront South neighborhoods further complement our efforts to provide access to the natural waterfronts in all of the city's neighborhoods and improve the quality of life in our City. Completing the shoreline design for the Cramer Hill Waterfront Park and Phoenix Park brings us one step closer to providing a treasure that children and families will enjoy for years to come. I thank our entire congressional delegation for their continued advocacy on behalf of Camden residents."
"By supporting the creation of shorelines with plants, sand and other organic material, the EPA is helping communities protect valuable natural resources, residential and commercial properties and essential infrastructure from the types of storm surges and flooding experienced during Hurricane Sandy," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. "The benefits of these natural barriers will be even more important in the future as New Jersey is likely to see more frequent and severe storms occur due to climate change."