Millions of federal dollars are heading to New Jersey to fund waterway dredging projects after the state prevailed on an appeal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, officials announced.

New Jersey will receive additional time and upwards of $60 million to complete the dredging of state channels that remain clogged with silt and sand since Superstorm Sandy struck in Oct. 2012. The federal deadline has been extended from October 30, 2017 to December 31, 2024.

In a prepared statement, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin says the funding will improve safety of New Jersey’s navigable coastal waterways for recreational and commercial boating.

 

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