2000-06-24 / Front Page

Feds Battle Erosion

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be performing maintenance dredging in the East Rockaway Inlet with placement of dredged material along Rockaway’s beaches. This project, slated to start in Fall 2000, is being undertaken to combat beach erosion.

Material dredged from the East Rockaway Inlet will be placed on the beaches between Beach 27 and Beach 40 streets. Material dredged from the offshore borrow area will be placed between Beach 96 and Beach 110 streets. This beach nourishment operation would serve as replenishment to severely eroded areas of the Rockaway shoreline.

The New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has done a review of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the maintenance dredging of East Rockaway Inlet project, dated October 1998, which updated an EA prepared in 1993. It was determined that maintenance dredging with placement of the sand as nourishment along the nearby shoreline of the designated beaches would have "no significant adverse environmental impact on water quality, marine resources, wildlife, endangered species, recreation, aesthetics and flood protection of the area."

The proposed work is being coordinated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Coast Guard, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NYC Department of State.

All comments regarding this project must be prepared in writing and mailed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278, Attention CENAN-OP-ST. References to this project should be to the Public Notice Number -- 00 ERIMDSM. Comments will be accepted until July 17, 2000. Without comment, it will be presumed that there are no objections to the activity.

Any person who has an interest, which may be affected by the placement of this dredged material, may request a public hearing. The request must be submitted in writing to the district engineer no later than July 17, 2000 and must clearly set forth the interest which may be affected by the activity.

Further information about this project can be obtained by contacting William Vanterpool of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 212-264-9032.


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