To improve and maintain the navigability of the state's waterways, a State Channel Dredging Program has been announced by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

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The multi-year, multi-million dollar program will target waterways affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The first project, now out for bids, would be to remove Sandy-related sediment from the Waackaack and Thorns Creek in Keansburg, starting in June.

Dredging is not usually conducted during the summer months, according to NJDOT, but efforts will be made to ensure work doesn't impede traffic.

"Over the next few months, NJDOT expects to open bids for the dredging of St. Georges Thorofare (Atlantic County), Cape May Harbor and Middle Thorofare (Cape May County), and Double Creek, Double Creek – Mainland, and Barnegat Light Stake Channels in Barnegat Bay (Ocean County)," the department said in an emailed press release.

All projects are expected to receive some amount of reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but they will be primarily funded by State Transportation Trust Funds and federal sources.