Wetlands board to hold hearings on shoreline improvement applications

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Mar 02, 2011 - 04:11 PM

The Gloucester County Wetlands Board will hold public hearings on four shoreline improvement applications during a meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the colonial courthouse.

Timberneck, LLC has applied to install 12-inch pipes for two dry hydrants that will be trenched from the hydrant location to the shoreline extending approximately 71 feet channelward of mean low water, said Linda Walthall, permit technician in the Environmental Division of the Gloucester Codes Compliance Office. That project is situated along Timberneck Creek, off Timberneck Farm Road.

Barbour and Blair Farinholt have requested permission to install 125 linear feet of low-profile breakwater with 700 cubic yards of beach nourishment with Spartina patens plantings. The project is situated along the Ware River, off Baiae Lane.

Eric and Christy Baldwin seek to install a "living shoreline" consisting of 225 linear feet of rock sill, 750 cubic yards of sand nourishment, 5,000 square feet of Spartina plantings and bank grading with native vegetation stabilization. The project is situated along Cedar Bush Creek at 6036 Braeburn Lane.

Also, Ralph Johnson has sought authorization to install a "living shoreline" consisting of 125 linear feet of short sill, 160 linear feet of marsh toe, 135 linear feet tall sill with 400 cubic yards of sand and plantings. The project is situated along the North River at 8281 Newstead Lane.

Chairman Walter Priest said the public is welcome to attend the meeting and speak during the public hearings if they wish. Copies of the applications are available for review at the Gloucester Codes Compliance Office, located in Gloucester County Office Building #3 on Main Street.