Contact Us

Post-Sandy Debris Wash-Ups are Normal [AUDIO]

There’s no need to fear when you hear stories about pieces of amusement park rides washing up on New Jersey’s beaches post Sandy.

point-debris
JSHN Facebook

The State Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) wants to reassure beachgoers that they’ve gotten about 97 percent of identified debris from the storm.

“We’ve been scanning, we’ve been searching by plane, we’ve been doing sonar, we’ve had beach crews out,” NJDEP Spokesman Larry Ragonese says. “We haven’t found very much debris. In fact, much more than normal.”

According to Ragonese, there have been a hand full of things reported washed up on New Jersey’s coastline but that’s not unusual during any average year, including a post Sandy year.

“There’s always wash up of things from the ocean, whether they be from boats, whether someone unfortunately dumps things overboard or there’s some steamers out there or whatever that has materials they come across. So we’re not finding anything more than normal.”

“There seems to be a little bit of a myth going on here that there’s sandy debris of some major size that’s waiting and lurking off-shore and it’s coming to get us,” Ragonese says. “So far, we’ve been very fortunate.”

Ragonese believes part of the reason for the lack of frequency of unusual objects washing up can be attributed to the Sandy itself.

“The way the storm surge came up, it seems that the majority of debris washed up on the shore, in lagoons, in inlets right away.”

In fact, he says work crews are focusing their attention on removing sediment and sand pushed into bays, lagoons and marinas.

Ragonese says the crews are also doing debris removal all summer and they’re on standby for calls about debris that washes up on beaches. He encourages beachgoers who see debris wash up to notify beach patrols or call the NJDEP Hotline at 877-WARN-DEP.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wobm.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 92.7 WOBM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!