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Army Corps Continues Its Focus on Coastal Restoration Seven years following Hurricane Sandy

Published Oct. 30, 2019
Updated: Oct. 30, 2019
Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet Stabilization Project, Long Island, N.Y.

Bulldozer crews placing sand along the southern shore of Fire Island, NY at the Army Corps' Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet Stabilization Project in September 2019.

NEW YORK – On the occasion of the seventh year since Hurricane Sandy hit the Atlantic Coast on Oct. 29, 2012, the Army Corps' New York District has completed several authorized and funded projects, flood control and coastal emergency projects and made great progress across its area of responsibility.  

Completed were various coastal storm damage risk reduction projects, engineered beach restoration projects, and repairs to Sandy-damaged navigation channels and structures along the coast.  

Study focus areas continue to be analyzed by the Corps of the coastline in order to develop effective solutions in the future in planning future protection of the coastline.

“Since 2018, the New York District has restored beaches along New Jersey and New York,” said Mr. Anthony Ciorra, Chief of Coastal Restoration, Army Corps' New York District.   "The focus has been on constructing coastal projects to reduce risks to coastal communities."

Since Sandy, the District has accomplished a tremendous amount of work in collaboration with its partners and sponsors.

To date, the New York District has repaired and restored eight coastal flood risk reduction projects (13 construction contracts) substantially completed by December 2014 less than 18 months after construction started in July 2013 at a cost of $242 million.

15.2 million cubic yards of sand was placed on beaches for projects in coastal area of New York and the Northern New Jersey.

Twenty eight of 29 federally maintained navigation projects (channels and structures) impacted by Hurricane Sandy have been repaired, and the Army Corps' Caven Point Marine Terminal at Jersey City, NJ reconstruction is nearing completion at a cost of approximately $160 million. 

Ongoing studies including Hurricane Sandy General Reevaluation Reports.  The District completed 10 Feasibility Cost-Sharing Agreement amendments, two Design Agreement amendments, and executed one new Federal Cost Shared Agreement ; six completed feasibility studies; three final General Reevaluation Reports scheduled for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works approval in FY 2020, with a total obligations of $15.5 million. 

Authorized but Unconstructed Projects include: approved Hurricane Sandy Limited Reevaluation Reports; execution of Project Partnership Agreements;  construction contracts awarded; and contracts physically completed with total obligations of $756 million. 

"The South Shore of Staten Island Coastal Project is now in the design phase, said Ciorra. “The Project Partnership Agreement was signed in 2018.  Looking forward, the District anticipates awarding the first contract for this project in 2020.”

To learn more about the New York District Sandy Mission click here

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Michael Embrich

Release no. 19-014