The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is carrying out near-term coastal restoration work at previously completed coastal storm risk reduction projects throughout the northeast that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This involves the placement of millions of cubic yards of sand along beaches impacted by Hurricane Sandy in order to restore them. The New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is carrying out that mission in the state of New York and in New Jersey north of Manasquan Inlet. Work south of Manasquan Inlet is managed by the Philadelphia District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (click here for more about their coastal program).
Everything the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers does must be tied to a statutory authority and the ongoing near-term coastal restoration work is generally the result of two statutory authorities, one previously existing and one that is new since Hurricane Sandy.
- Through the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies (FCCE) Act, PL 84-99, the Corps of Engineers is authorized to repair previously constructed projects after a large event like Hurricane Sandy. Put simply, this pre-existing authority allows the Corps to return the project area to pre-storm conditions.
- Through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (the Sandy Relief Bill, or PL 113-2), the Corps of Engineers is authorized to restore previously constructed projects severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This new authority allows the Corps to restore projects impacted by Hurricane Sandy to their original design profile, which often means placing a great deal more sand during the near-term coastal restoration efforts.
For more information about beach nourishment, how it is done and how it helps reduce risks to coastal communities, you can click here to check out a PDF form of the "How Beach Nourishment Works" information pamphlet from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center.
Near-Term Coastal Restoration Projects
New York District is carrying out this near-term coastal restoration work at seven project areas in New York and New Jersey, with work covering dozens of miles of coastline. Click on a project/beach name to find out more specifically about the near-term coastal restoration work the Corps of Engineers is doing there:
New York - More than 7 million cubic yards of sand slated to be placed through this near-term coastal restoration work. Please note the sand figures are current estimates and are subject to change engineer and design work continues and as work on the beaches moves forward.
There will also be repair work done at the previously constructed coastal storm risk reduction project at Oakwood Beach on Staten Island, though this smaller project did not originally include sand placement elements and the repair work, being carried out through authorities from the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies Act, primarily involve levee and tide gate. Click here for a fact sheet to find out more about that repair work.
- Click here to find out more about the ongoing feasibility study looking at coastal storm risk reduction alternatives for the entire south shore of Staten Island
New Jersey - Roughly 17 million cubic yards of sand (estimate as of August 2013) is slated to be placed throughout the state through this near-term coastal restoration work, including the two projects below managed by New York District as well as work further south in New Jersey being managed by the Philadelphia District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Please note the sand figures are current estimates and are subject to change engineer and design work continues and as work on the beaches moves forward.
Please note that the information in the above fact sheets is subject to updates/changes. Please feel free to call the public affairs office at 917-790-8007 or e-mail the public affairs office at CENAN-PA@usace.army.mil if you have any questions regarding the projects above.
Click here for B-Roll videos from project sites: As available, New York District public affairs will post B-Roll of construction on these projects for interested media