Town of Hoboken: Hoboken Secures Grant for Weehawken Cove Boat Removal Project
September 10, 2021
The Town of Hoboken announced today that it has secured more than $ 235,000 in grants to remove sunken boats and marine debris from Weehawken Cove.
Weehawken Cove has long been used as a boat graveyard, littered with more than a dozen sunk, derelict and derelict boats. The city has proactively removed these sunken ships whenever they posed an imminent threat to public safety, but now, with the help of this grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), all boats will be withdrawn.
Removing ships will eliminate the potential release of harmful metals and chemicals, such as petroleum and mercury, as well as plastics and fiberglass, helping to restore the local ecosystem.
“These sunken ships have polluted the Hudson River to the detriment of marine life for far too long,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “After years of trying to identify the irresponsible owners of these boats and taking it upon ourselves to remove them at the City’s expense, I am happy that now, with the help of our local and federal partners, we can remove all of them. the boats from Weehawken Cove. I thank the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Hudson County Board of Commissioners, Hudson County Director Tom DeGise, the Hoboken City Council, Riverkeeper and the New York-New Jersey Harbor & estuary (HEP) for providing the City with the funds necessary to restore this area of the Hudson River. ”
The 24-month project will remove ships and other marine debris and include a public education campaign to help prevent future ship abandonment, create a living shoreline, repair bulkheads in Weehawken Cove and help restore the marine habitats of the Hudson River. Estuary.
The City will begin removing vessels in the spring of 2022 once a qualified lifeguard is selected.
The $ 552,000 project will be funded by a grant of $ 235,129 from NOAA and matching funds totaling $ 316,906 from the City of Hoboken, NJDEP, HEP and Riverkeeper.
The removal of sunken ships is part of the City’s overall initiative to improve Weehawken Cove, including construction of Cove Park which will help mitigate future flooding, installation of a living shoreline that supports shellfish growth marine and filter feeders, educational activities and volunteer opportunities to restore and maintain critical wildlife ecosystems, the possible installation of a reef in or near Weehawken Cove, and ongoing maintenance of the waterfront walkway of Hoboken through public and private partnerships
This press release was produced by the City of Hoboken. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.