MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A project to repair damage to five of New Jersey's Delaware Bay beaches has been completed, just in time for summer and thousands of migrating shorebirds.
The $1.6 million project was intended to restore bay beaches in Cape May County that were badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The area is home to the world's largest population of horseshoe crabs, whose eggs are consumed by the red knot, an endangered shorebird that stops in New Jersey en route to the Arctic.
But Sandy wiped out about 70 percent of the beaches that both species need.
Crews trucked in 45,000 tons of sand to replace what was lost — and carried out 800 tons of debris.
The birds have started showing up and should arrive in force this week.
This is part of a periodic series about the New Jersey shore's efforts to rebuild and return to normalcy in the second summer after Superstorm Sandy ravaged many coastal communities.