ATLANTIC — The Atlantic City Council agreed Wednesday to proceed with funding additional studies that could eventually lead to plans for dealing with erosion along the banks of the creek, but the it may be two years before any work can be done.
The city has been looking into solutions for runoff and erosion along the crees since at least 2015. At that time, the city considered enclosing the creek between 14th and 17th streets along with other improvements. But that plan was dropped after requirements from the Army Corp of Engineers boosted the cost to over $4 million.
An alternative proposal was developed for the reshaping and relining the creek, which required removal of trees and vegetation in the area. However, officials say, the neighborhood objected to the removal of the trees in the area, so no cost estimate was produced.
The issue came up again this fall after residents living along the creek between 14th and Olive Streets told the Council members they believed the city was doing little to address the problem. City Parks Director Bryant Rassmussen told the Council that he had been looking into the issue and believed it could be addressed by planting native vegetation along the stream bank along with other improvements.
Wednesday night Snyder and Associates Engineer, Dave Sturm, told the council that a survey of property lines along the creek had been completed in the area between Olive and 17th Streets and all that remains are several studies required by the Corp.
“The next phase of the project includes preliminary design plans, the bat habitat survey; the alternatives analysis that the Corp will require of us and a wetland and stream survey that we will submit to get the permit,” Sturm said. “If everything goes well, we will have a permit in seven or eight months.”
Exactly what work will be done and how much it will cost will be determined after the studies are completed.