Seven Mile Island Innovation Lab
In Spring 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Philadelphia District partnered with the State of New Jersey, The Wetlands Institute (TWI), and the USACE Engineer Research and Development Center to launch the Seven Mile Island Innovation Laboratory (SMIIL). The initiative is designed to advance and improve dredging and marsh restoration techniques in coastal New Jersey through innovative research, collaboration, knowledge sharing and practical application.
Seven Mile Island, New Jersey was chosen to host an Innovation Lab due to the presence of existing and historic dredged material placement sites, confined disposal facilities, federal and state channels including the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway (NJIWW), extensive tidal marshes, and the location of The Wetlands Institute that serves as a field laboratory and base of operations. SMIIL goals focus on maintaining safe navigation channels while retaining dredged sediment in the system to benefit natural ecosystems and coastal communities.