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Army Corps Announces Public Meeting for the NY&NJHAT Study

Published Feb. 4, 2020
Updated: Feb. 4, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York District, in cooperation with non-federal sponsors the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, announces a public meeting for the New York New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries (NYNJHAT) Study on February 27, 2020 in Rockaway Park, Queens, New York.

This coastal storm risk management study covers the New York & New Jersey Harbor and tidally-affected tributaries encompassing all of New York City, the Hudson River to Troy, NY; the lower Passaic, Hackensack, Rahway, and Raritan Rivers; and the Upper and Lower Bays of New York Harbor, Newark, Jamaica, Raritan and Sandy Hook Bays; the Kill Van Kull, Arthur Kill and East River tidal straits; and western Long Island Sound.

This public meeting has strong support from Congressional Representatives Gregory Meeks and Hakeem Jeffries, and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. 

This Study covers one of nine focus areas identified in the USACE North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS) Report, issued January 2015, warranting further analysis.  This Study is authorized by Public Law 84-71, June 15, 1955 (69 Stat. 132) which directs the examination of damages in coastal and tidal areas due to coastal storms such as hurricanes “and of possible means of preventing loss of human lives and damages to property, with due consideration of the economics of proposed breakwaters, seawalls, dikes, dams, and other structures, warning services, or other measures which might be required.” 

At this public meeting, USACE will update stakeholders and the public on tasks underway since release of the Interim Report in February 2019.  One key task is the development of new preliminary data from USACE hydrodynamic modeling, which identifies possible induced flooding extents, including the Rockaway area, and consideration of measures to minimize, avoid or mitigate any and all induced flooding that may result from the conceptual alternatives. 

The following public meeting has been scheduled for USACE to present and discuss study issues with elected officials, stakeholders and the public:

Thursday, February 27, 2020

(Rain/snow date of Thursday, March 05, 2020: In case of postponement due to a forecast of inclement weather, an e-mail announcement will be made by 4pm on Wednesday February 26th, and information will be posted on the project website.)

Beach Channel Educational Campus
100-00 Beach Channel Drive
Rockaway Park, NY 11694
Session is in the auditorium, enter through main entrance on Beach Channel Drive.

Transit Access: Trains: A Line, S Line to Beach 98th Street - Playland station
Buses: Q53-SBS to Rockaway Beach Blvd/Beach 102 St
Ferry: NYC Ferry stops at Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive
Parking: The Beach Channel Education Campus offers complimentary parking for meeting attendees (up to lot capacity).

Welcome:  5:00 p.m.
Initial Presentation:  5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Questions and Discussion:  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Presentation Recap:  7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Further Questions and Discussion:  7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the project website: http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/NYNJHATS/

Or contact:
Bryce Wisemiller
US Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, New York 10278 by email to: NYNJHarbor.TribStudy@usace.army.mil


Contact
Michael Embrich
917-790-8007
cenan-pa@usace.army.mil

Release no. 20-002