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FACT SHEET - Mamaroneck & Sheldrake Rivers, Village of Mamaroneck, NY

Flood Risk Management Project

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published Sept. 17, 2021

DESCRIPTION:  A severe flood risk persists in the Village of Mamaroneck, NY along the Mamaroneck River and Sheldrake River based on the recurrence of flood events and the damages sustained.  The largest floods of record resulted from the storms of October 1955, June 1972, September 1975, and April 2007.  Extensive damages and loss of life have occurred during these major flood events.  Damages within the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers Basin for the June 1972 and September 1975 floods alone amounted to approximately $18M and $92M, respectively, based on conditions of development at the time and October 2015 price levels.  A combination of low channel capacity, small bridge openings, developmental encroachment along both rivers, urbanization, and a poor flow conveyance at the confluence of both rivers has contributed to significant and frequent flooding.  

A Chief of Engineer’s Report was signed on 14 Dec 2017. The General Reevaluation Report (GRR) effort, which was prepared after interest peaked following storm events in 2007, which struck the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Basin flooding homes and businesses.  The GRR was an attempt at resolving issues with previous studies that yielded a 1977 Feasibility Report and a 1989 General Design Memorandum (1989 GDM) which did not proceed to construction due to concerns of the non-Federal sponsors relating to the costs and separable element justification. The GRR status, authority, and latest status presented below. 

AUTHORIZATION:  Authorized for construction in Section 1401 of the American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-279).

STATUS: A Design Agreement was signed by the District and NYS Department of Conservation (NYSDEC) and Westchester County for the GRR Study and Preconstruction Engineering and Design (PED) on 1 Mar 2010. A Chief of Engineer’s Report was signed on 14 Dec 2017 which finalized the GRR study. The Chief of Engineer’s Report proposed a National Economic Development (NED) at a total first construction cost of $88,057,000 (FY 2021 price level).  The final Chief of Engineer’s Report was signed and the report has been submitted to the Assistant Secretary of the Army. The report was sent to OMB and Congress for consideration in an authorization bill. The project was authorized for construction by Congress as noted above in 2018.  The Federal portion of PED funding of the first constructible element is in place and will be initiated following  coordination with NYSDEC on proceeding with the full design phase.  The project is also being considered for construction funding following the storm events of September 2021.

CONTACT:

Mr. Mark Lulka

Project Manager

Email: mark.f.lulka@usace.army.mil

US Army Corps of Engineers, New York District

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