DESCRIPTION: The project area is located on the south shore of Long Island consisting of approximately 9 miles of oceanfront from Jones Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet. The area has been subject to direct wave attack and flooding during major storms and hurricanes, causing damage to structures located along the barrier island. A historical low height and narrow width of the beach front has increased the potential for storm damage. Damaging storms have occurred in 1938, 1950, 1953, 1960, 1962, 1984, 1991, 1992 and 2012. In October 2012, Super Storm Sandy was credited with over $250 million dollars of damage. The proposed project would provide coastal storm damage risk reduction to the highly developed communities in this area. The 1995 Feasibility Report’s recommended plan consisting of a berm, dune and groin system would reduce risk against a 100-year storm event for approximately 7 of the 9 miles of public shoreline between Jones Inlet and East Rockaway Inlet, including the communities of Point Lookout, Lido Beach, and the City of Long Beach.
AUTHORIZATION: The feasibility study was conducted pursuant to a resolution by the Committee on Public Works and Transportation of the U.S. House of Representatives adopted October 1, 1986. Project construction was authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1996.
STATUS : A feasibility report was completed in February 1995 and the Preconstruction Engineering, and Design (PED) phase was completed in September 1997. However, the non-Federal sponsor, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reanalyze the area between the proposed new groins in the Town of Hempstead and existing groin field in the City of Long Beach before starting any construction. The study would utilize new modeling techniques that were unavailable during the feasibility study, in order to finalize the groin field design. A Limited Reevaluation Report (LRR) and Environmental Assessment (EA) were initiated in 2005. The LRR/EA requirement is to reanalyze the project with new data and confirm assumptions made by the 1995 authorized plan. However, in 2006 local interests withdrew support from the project until 2010, upon which the LRR/EA process was re-started at the request of the NYSDEC. In December of 2012, local interests restated their interest in moving forward with the project. Each local sponsor (the City of Long Beach, the Town of Hempstead and the City of Long Beach) has passed resolutions to support completion of the Hurricane Sandy LRR and authorizing entrance into Project Partnership Agreements with acknowledgement of the responsibility to provide real estate requirements, operations & maintenance and public access. The draft EA and LRR have been made available to the public for public comment as of February 14, 2014. The project’s approximate volume of sand is 4,720,000 CY. The project also includes rehabilitation of 18 existing groins and 6 additional groins (2 are deferred based on monitoring and determination of future needs). The projects initial construction cost is approximately $178 M with a Benefit to Cost Ratio of 2.0. The initial construction cost is authorized under Public Law 113-2 at 100% Federal cost.
Upon approval of the Hurricane Sandy LRR/EA by all parties, and completion of PED phase, the project’s construction could be initiated with the execution of a Project Partnership Agreement between the USACE and the NYSDEC.
CONTACT : Ronald Pinzon, Project Manager
Phone: (917) 790-8627
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Programs and Project Management Division, Civil Works Programs Branch
26 Federal Plaza, Room 2134, New York, NY 10278-0090
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: Carolyn McCarthy NY-04
Current as of March 2014