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Sandy Debris In Barnegat Bay Shouldn’t Be An Issue, Says DEP Head [AUDIO]

With anther monument to Sandy’s devastation removed, the Department of Environmental Protections says boaters, beachgoers, and anglers should not worry too much about debris this summer.

Home being removed from Barnegat Bay
Home being removed from Barnegat Bay (Ilya Hemlin, Townsquare Media NJ)

During the removal of a Mantoloking home that was washed into the bay by Sandy, Department of Environmental Protection commissioner Bob Martin addressed concerns of debris floating up during the height of the tourism season.

“Right now, June 1st is what we’re targeting in on to get most of the debris out of the water by.”

He notes right now they are 30 to 40 percent done on Barnegat Bay.

Martin says currently debris removal crews are using side scan sonar to identify what remains are still in the water.

“Then going and pulling it all out. Later it on where going to check with the side scan sonar to make sure we got out all of that debris.”

The majority of the cleanup will be of things at a certain depth to make it safe for boats, explains the commissioner.

“Things that are really deep under the water, some of that stuff under the water, we’re just not getting because it won’t affect things like safety or boating.”

Home being removed from Barnegat Bay
Home being removed from Barnegat Bay (Ilya Hemlin, Townsquare Media NJ)

While he reassures of the water’s safety, Martin says people should still use their own common sense when in the water. If you see any debris at all, contact the DEP.

“They will go into our queue to make sure contractors to go get it. They can also contact the local town they’re in because local police keep track of that stuff for us.”

“If there’s areas we’re really not sure about, we’re going to make it online and we’ll tell people here are some areas we’re still doing debris removal on so beware for the next few weeks until we clean it up.”

However, he says overall they are in “pretty good shape.”

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