The project study area is locate along the shoreline on the Rockaway Peninsula within the Borough of Queens, New York City. The project was authorized by Congress as a 100-200 foot wide beach at an elevation of 10 feet above Mean Low Water from Beach 149th Street to Beach 19th Street, approximately 6.2 miles. From 1977 until 2004, the Corps of Engineers designed, constructed and maintained the project. Because of the high cost of the construction and continued nourishment and the continued challenge of the eroding shoreline, the Corps was directed to “reformulate” the original plan, with the objective of finding a long term, cost-effective solution to the effects of continued erosion on the Rockaway peninsula.
The project was originally authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1965 and modified by the Water Resources Development Act of 1974 which provided for initial construction and periodic nourishment for a 10-year period. The initial beach replenishment was completed through 5 construction contracts in 1977. Severe storms during 1977 and 1978 seriously eroded the beach and emergency repairs were made in 1978 and 1979 to these affected areas. Periodic nourishment was provided from 1980 to 1988. Further erosion from storms led to a second major construction effort after being authorized through Section 934 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986, allowing continued Federal participation in periodic beach fill nourishment. Under this authority, a reevaluation report approved in May 1994 prescribed three additional nourishment cycles occurring three years apart. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) supported the reevaluation report’s recommendations and signed the Project Cooperation Agreement to cost-share construction of the project in May 1995. The Corps was directed to commence a Reformulation Study, and signed a Design Agreement with the NYSDEC in 2003. The Study would consider long-term protection for the project area. The study has been delayed several times due to variable Federal funding since the agreement was signed in 2003.
Preliminary alternative and existing conditions were developed by 2011, but now require significant revision after the Sandy storm. The Draft Reformulation Report for the first phase of this project (Atlantic Coastline), will be available for public review by November 2014. The Phase 2 Draft Reformulation Report (Jamaica Bay), requires additional detailed data gathering, and will be ready for public review by November 2015. This project is considered Authorized but Unconstructed by P.L. 113-2 (The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013). Because of this, the project will be funded at 100% Federal expense.
Daniel T. Falt, Project Manager
Phone: (917) 790–8614
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Programs and Project Management Division, Civil Works Programs Branch
26 Federal Plaza, Room 2127, New York, NY 10279-0090
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: District Area: NY #9
Current as of Nov 2013