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Army Corps announces signing of Chief’s Report for Hashamomuck Cove, New York, Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study

USACE New York District
Published Dec. 9, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, announces that Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has signed the Chief’s Report for the Hashamomuck Cove, NY, Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study —a significant milestone for the proposed project.

The project will help reduce coastal storm damages to residents who live along the Long Island Sound. The project is expected to also play a key role in protecting County Road 48—a major transportation route used for hurricane evacuation, while also protecting critical infrastructure including nursing homes and hospitals.

The study was completed in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) using the Hurricane Sandy supplemental funding at 100% Federal expense. The project calls for the construction of a beach berm using 220,000 cubic yards of sand, extending approximately 8,500 linear feet or 1.5 miles along the Long Island Sound to provide additional coastal storm risk management features to the residents of those communities. The project also calls for periodic nourishment to maintain the integrity of the design beach template over a 50 year project period to ensure it performs as designed. The signed report certifies the coastal storm risk management report is technically and environmentally sound, as well as economically beneficial to the nation.

“The signing of the Chief’s Report is a significant milestone for our continued partnership with NYSDEC, and addresses the critical and vulnerable shoreline historically impacted by storm events in this area,” said Col. Thomas D. Asbery, Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. “This report allows us to move forward with the next phase of the project which includes design and permitting, once federal and non-federal funding is appropriated.”

The Chief’s Report and associated documents are available at:

The next step will be the submission of the Chief’s Report to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, for clearance to be eligible for authorization and funding, followed by the planning, engineering, design phase and construction of the project.


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