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Army Corps work set to resume on Fire Island, NY & Monmouth County, NJ Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Projects

Published May 7, 2020
Updated: May 7, 2020
Fire Island

Sand pumping onshore at Davis Park, NY, a community on Fire Island off the south shore of Long Island, in Suffolk County. Dredging and sand placement will continue until early 2020. Other aspects of the project include dunes and public-access walkways. (Photo: James D'Ambrosio, Public Affairs Specialist)


New York District personnel visit the construction site at Davis Park, NY, a community on the barrier island of Fire Island that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, 16-SEP-2019. L-R: Eliezer Liranzo, Ryan Ferguson, Robert Vohden and Michael Embrich. (Photo: James D'Ambrosio, Public Affairs Specialist)

NEW YORK – Two commercial hopper dredges that deployed to Florida to support emergency beach renourishment work at USACE’s Jacksonville District in March 2020 are returning to NY and NJ to complete previously contracted work. The B.E. LINDHOLM arrived at Fire Island on May 6 and is completing final preparations to begin work, while the MAGDALEN will arrive on or about May 15. B.E. LINDHOLM is expected to begin work on the Point O' Woods and Ocean Bay Park portions of the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project (FIMI). FIMI is scheduled to be completed by June 19, 2020. Once work is complete on FIMI, the MAGDALEN will transit to Monmouth County, N.J. to complete its beach renourishment contract.

USACE, New York District recently completed a $10.7 million emergency replenishment project at West of Shinnecock Inlet (WOSI).  USACE pumped approx. 600,000 cubic yards of sand onto the beach to fortify the existing dune and expand the beach berm to provide coastal storm risk reduction measures for the community and infrastructure that included the Dune Road evacuation route, commercial fishing plants, marina facilities, and public restaurants.

Colonel Thomas D. Asbery, Commander, New York District said, "Our position hasn’t changed, we will finish dredging and sand placement at Fire Island this June and then proceed to Monmouth County, NJ to complete remaining contracted work there. Bolstering these shorelines continues to be a top priority as we move forward to mitigate risk to these communities. I'd like to thank all of our partners at the federal, state, and local levels for their support as we approach the completion of these vital projects.”

Micahel Embrich

Release no. 20-033