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FACT SHEET - North Shore of Long Island, Asharoken, NY

Storm Damage Protection and Beach Erosion Control Study

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

DESCRIPTION: Asharoken Beach is a narrow section of land in the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County on the north shore of Long Island.  Asharoken Beach connects Eaton’s Neck and part of the Village of Asharoken with the rest of the Village of Asharoken on the mainland of Long Island.  The length of Asharoken Beach is approximately 2.5 miles, while the width varies from 100 feet at the northwestern section near Eaton’s Neck to 1,000 feet at the southeastern limit near the Long Island Lighting Company [National Grid] facility.  The roadway along Asharoken Beach, Asharoken Avenue, provides the only vehicular access to Eaton’s Neck.  Asharoken has incurred major losses due to coastal erosion and flooding, while storms have accelerated shoreline erosion and inundated highly developed areas.  In 2011 & 2012, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, respectively, damaged the western section of Asharoken Avenue, in the proximity of the seawall.  This area is exposed to erosive wave attack causing damage to the seawall and the roadway. 

AUTHORIZATION: The North Shore of Long Island, New York Asharoken Study was authorized by a Resolution of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, U.S. House of Representatives, adopted 13 May 1993. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation [NYSDEC] is the Non-Federal Sponsor.  The Village of Asharoken is the local sponsor.

STATUS: A Reconnaissance Report was completed in September 1995.  A Feasibility Cost-Sharing Agreement [FCSA] with the NYSDEC was signed on March 21, 2001.  The 2001 FCSA study costs were estimated at approximately $2,000,000 at a 50-50 cost share [Federal 50% and Non-Federal 50%].    The study was initiated in 2001 after receipt of the non-Federal funds.  A FCSA Amendment was executed in August of 2013 recognizing that the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, Public Law 113-2 authorizes 100% federal funding to complete the study.  In November of 2015, the draft Feasibility Report and draft EA was made available for public comment.  In 2017, the Village voiced opposition to the selected plan and the Village of Asharoken Trustees voted to terminate the feasibility study.  In 2018, the Village requested resumption of the study with a smaller, Locally Preferred Plan (LPP), which was not approved by HQUSACE.  The District reaffirmed the study termination in January 2020. 



Jason Shea
Project Manager
P: (917) 790-8727
Email: Jason.A.Shea@usace.army.mil