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Creating Resilience Through Innovative Strategies

October 8, 2018

We’ve all heard the buzzwords – resiliency, sustainability, storm hardening, sea level rise, shoreline erosion, beach replenishment, marsh degradation – but few can say they find innovative solutions for these pressing and sensitive issues. T&M’s Environmental Group makes it their mission to help clients and communities meet these challenges.

T&M’s Kris Krzyston and Ericka Naklicki were approached by the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) to participate in the Ecological Solution Webinar Series: Creating Resilience through Innovative Strategies due to the success and innovative approach of two T&M projects. The 3-part webinar series highlighted local ecological restoration projects designed to increase resilience. This program was sponsored by NJDEP Coastal Engineering to share successes and lessons learned throughout the permitting process and construction of living shoreline projects.

The first T&M project that was presented was the Shoreline Stabilization – Living Shoreline at Berkeley Island County Park, located in Berkeley Township, Ocean County, New Jersey. As a Hurricane Sandy restoration project, this was of great interest to the audience. The project design included a hybrid bulkhead/rock sill and living shoreline planted, low marsh habitat to protect the eroding shoreline of the fragile Ocean County Park. The presentation included lessons learned and information on adaptive management. View a recording of the webinar HERE.

Kris and Ericka returned for a second discussion regarding the success of the Marsh Restoration and Shoreline Stabilization along Iowa Court in Little Egg Harbor Township, Ocean County, New Jersey. This project was an example of a back bay community project, mitigation of a severely eroded shoreline adjacent to a roadway, the use of different techniques in the design including sills and marsh restoration, and lessons learned in project permitting. View a recording of the webinar HERE.

T&M is proud of the team’s innovative solutions which are contributing to the sustainability of local communities and helping to pave the way for future stabilization projects. The Berkeley Island project team included Charley Rooney, PE, PP, CME, Jim Buczek, PE, Tim Morris, PE, Pam Nankervis, Kris Krzyston, and Ericka Naklicki, PWS. The Iowa Court project team included Jason Worth, PE, CME, Charley Rooney, PE, PP, CME, Charlie Cunliffe, PE, Kris Krzyston, and Ericka Naklicki, PWS.