Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area Study

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The Sandy Hook Unit, Gateway National Recreation Area (hereafter Sandy Hook) in New Jersey is a 10-kilometer-long spit visited by thousands of people each year who take advantage of the historical and natural resources and recreational opportunities.

Map depicting the locations of the four shore wells on Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Three shallow wells and one deep well were installed near the shoreline extending inland along a transect on the shoreward edge of the Bayshore Holly Maritime Forest on 8/31/2017. 

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The Bayside Holly Forest, one of only two known old-growth American holly (Ilex opaca) maritime forests, is particularly vulnerable to global climate change because of the proximity of the water table to land surface in low-lying areas and the potential for saltwater intrusion and inundation.  

 

To measure salinity changes three shallow wells and one deep well were installed near the shoreline extending inland along a transect.

Map showing the shore wells in relation to the inland well at Sandy Hook, New Jersey

An inland shallow well was installed approximately 1500 ft inland from the bay shoreline

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An additional shallow well was installed approximately 1500 ft inland from the bay shoreline to measure groundwater levels.