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FACT SHEET - South Shore of Staten Island, N.Y.

Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project

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

The area has a long history of storm damages and has experienced major damages from various recent storm events, including the Nor'easter of December 1992, the March storm of 1993, and Super Storm Sandy of October 2012. These storms caused flood damages, loss of structures, large scale emergency evacuations and fatalities within several communities. The area is now increasingly vulnerable to severe damages even from moderate storms.

STORM HISTORY: The area has a long history of storm damages and has experienced major damages from various recent storm events, including the Nor'easter of December 1992, the March storm of 1993, and Super Storm Sandy of October 2012. These storms caused flood damages, loss of structures, large scale emergency evacuations and fatalities within several communities. The area is now increasingly vulnerable to severe damages even from moderate storms.

AUTHORIZATION: A Feasibility Study was authorized by a resolution of the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Public Works and Transportation, adopted May 13, 1993. The purpose of this study was to identify possible risk management solutions for hurricane and storm damages in the area, and to determine whether Federal participation is warranted in constructing shore protection measures.  In response to the 2012 Sandy event, P.L.113-2, The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, provided authorization and Federal funding for project construction.  Due to the recent funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and P.L. 113-2, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, the Feasibility Study was recently completed and approved in 2016.

FORT WADSWORTH TO OAKWOOD BEACH: The Draft Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement were publicly released in June 2015.  The Final Feasibility Report, Final Environmental Impact Statement, and Final Record of Decision were approved by a Director's Report October 2016 and were formally approved by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works December 2016 and provided for Congressional notification in December 2016.  The Design Phase, to prepare the project’s construction plans and specifications for each construction contract, was initiated in 2017 and is currently underway.

Major steps during the Design Phase include data gathering for development of construction contract designs; surveys, mapping, utilities, geotechnical subsurface borings, hazardous material assessments, cultural resource investigations, and the preparation of construction contract designs, plans and specifications for each anticipated construction contract, including required coordination with the State and City of New York.

A Project Partnership Agreement, necessary for project design and construction of the project, was executed in February 2019 between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of New York (the project sponsor), with the City of New York also party to the agreement.

Design of all eight (8) construction contracts is underway (see project placemat), including significant coordination with State & City of New York to finalize specific project design details.  Please see project placemat for more construction contract details/anticipated schedules.

Construction of the overall project, including all project features and all project contracts, will take several years to complete (estimated end 2026).

The project sponsor (State of New York) and the City of New York will be responsible for all operation and maintenance requirements of the project.

GREAT KILLS TO TOTTENVILLE: As a reminder, this area was assessed during the feasibility study, but it was determined that there was no Federal interest for this specific reach.

CONTACT:

Frank Verga
Project Manager
P: (917) 790-8212
Email: Frank.Verga@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 INFORMATION: NY-11