A civil engineer has testified in federal court that Margate beachgoers would have to cross a massive pond of murky water if protective sand dunes are built.
Six homeowners, all from Margate, New Jersey, are suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to block the project ordered by Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports engineer Chuck Dutill says the project would create a dangerous pond between the dunes and the bulkhead roughly 100 feet wide and stretching the length of the town.
Dutill says water flowing into the trench would carry oil, car materials, pesticides, trash, animal feces and debris. Federal and state environmental regulators say those claims are exaggerated.