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FACT SHEET-Jones Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet (Long Beach) NY

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published March 5, 2021

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. 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 causing over $250 million dollars of damage. The project provides coastal storm damage risk reduction.

The plan consisting of a berm, dune and groin system that reduces 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. The project’s approximate volume of sand is 4,720,000 cubic yards. The project also includes rehabilitation of 17 existing groins and construction of 4 new groins. 

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.  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is the Non-Federal Sponsor. 

The local sponsors are the City of Long Beach, Nassau County, and the Town of Hempstead.

STATUS: A feasibility report was completed in February 1995 and the Preconstruction Engineering, and Design (PED) phase was completed in September 1997. A Limited Reevaluation Report (LRR) and Environmental Assessment (EA) were initiated in 2005. The LRR/EA requirement was to reanalyze the project with new data and confirm assumptions made by the 1995 authorized plan. 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, after Hurricane Sandy, local interests were restated in moving forward with the project. Each local sponsor has passed resolutions to support completion of the Hurricane Sandy LRR and authorized 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 were made available for public comment on February 14, 2014 and the report was finalized in August 2015. The initial construction cost is authorized under Public Law 113-2 at 100% Federal cost.  Project construction is complete for both the 1st contract consisting of the stonework for the groins; and 2nd contract consisting of sand placement for the dunes and beach including plantings and walkover/crossover structures.

CONTACTS:

Daniel T. Falt
Project Manager
P: (917) 790-8614
Email: Daniel.T.Falt@usace.army.mil
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Programs and Project Management Division
26 Federal Plaza   
New York, NY 10278

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Ms. Janeen Minguillo
Project Manager
P: (917) 790-8104
Email: Janeen.S.Minguillo@usace.army.mil
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Programs and Project Management Division
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: NY-04