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FACT SHEET - Plumb Beach, NY

Coastal Storm Risk Management, Beneficial Uses of Dredged Material

Published Nov. 3, 2020
Updated: Nov. 3, 2020

DESCRIPTION: Located in the borough of Brooklyn, along the north shore of the bay just east of Knapp Street, Plumb Beach is a popular recreational site for sunbathers, wind surfers, hikers, bicyclist, nature watchers and others. 

Partly located within the Gateway National Recreation Area and partially under the jurisdiction of NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR), the beach has been subject to excessive erosion since the area was filled during construction of the Belt Parkway in the 1930s. 

The erosion threatened critical infrastructure, affecting a major emergency vehicle route for New York City, significant buried utilities, as well as a popular bike path. Wave action from a storm event in the fall of 2009 destroyed portions of the bike path, and came within 25 feet of the Belt Parkway, necessitating New York City Parks to award a contract to temporarily repair the eroded area with sandbags to prevent further erosion that would threaten the parkway and utilities.

In response, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) developed an interagency team, consisting of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of State, the National Park Service, NYCDPR, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the New York City Department of Transportation.

This interagency team agreed on a comprehensive solution to afford long-term protection to this vital area and its adjacent infrastructure, while balancing the environmental and recreational impacts to Plumb Beach and the vicinity.

STATUS: After completing a Feasibility Study, USACE New York District, in partnership with its interagency partners, constructed a coastal storm management project that consisted of constructing a beach berm with sections planted with dune grass, as well as two terminal groins and a breakwater to minimize long-term erosion and reduce the need for future renourishments of the berm.

Phase I, the beach berm, was constructed immediately prior to Hurricane Sandy, preventing what could have been significant structural damage to the Belt Parkway during the storm. More than 100,000 cubic yards of sand was beneficially reused from the Ambrose Channel dredging project associated with Harbor Deepening Project. 

Phase II was completed over the course of 2013 and involved the construction of the stone groins and the breakwater.



Mr. Daniel Falt,Project Manager

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District

Phone: (917) 790–8614

E-mail: daniel.t.falt@usace.army.mil

Programs and Project Management Division, Civil Works Programs Branch

26 Federal Plaza, Room 2127

New York, NY 10279-0090