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 is 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 project would provide coastal storm damage risk reduction to the highly developed communities in this area. 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 CY. The project also includes rehabilitation of 17 existing groins and construction of 4 additional groins (2 are deferred based on monitoring and determination of future needs).
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. However, the 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 utilized 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 equirement 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 restated their interest 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 project's initial construction cost is approximately $230 M (Fully Funded) with a Benefit to Cost Ratio of 1.8.
The initial construction cost is authorized under Public Law 113-2 at 100% Federal cost. Project construction on the 1st contract consisting of the stone work for the groins in the Fall of 2016. This work should continue until 2018. The 2nd contract will consist of sand placement for the dunes and beach as well as walkover/crossover structures. The 2nd contract will be awarded in early 2018.
Daniel T. Falt
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
New York District
Phone: (917) 790-8614
Programs and Project Management Division
26 Federal Plaza,
New York, NY 10278
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NY-04