2003-11-21 / Community

Beach Replenishment To Begin

Beach Replenishment To Begin

Congressman Anthony Weiner has announced that, beginning in December, 1.06 million cubic yards of sand will be pumped onto Rockaway’s pristine beaches in an effort to halt the creep of beach erosion. The project will be funded by $1.25 million secured this week by Weiner, according to the announcement.

"Every summer, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers flock to Rockaway’s beautiful beaches. But what they may not know is that for years they have been literally washing away, with some of the most pronounced erosion occurring during the harsh winter months," Weiner says.

Next month, Weiner said, the latest effort to save Rockaway’s beaches will commence, with 1.06 million cubic yards of sand being pumped onto the beach between Beach 26 and Beach 109 Streets. 

"It is hoped that the infusion of sand will help the beaches sustain the heavy surf and winter storms likely to come over the next several months," the Congressman adds.

Funding for the project will come from $1.25 million secured by Rep. Weiner under this year’s Energy and Water Appropriations. The funding will also be used by the Army Corps of Engineers to continue their study of ways to provide long term storm damage protection to the Rockaway, including the use of groins and jetties and further renourisment measures.

In addition to protecting a cherished recreation spot, the beach represents a vital barrier to protect homes on one of the most populated barrier islands in the United States.

 "Everyone loves Rockaway’s beaches, but if we’re not careful, they will be literally washed into the sea," said Rep. Weiner. "They need our protection right now, as the harsh winter weather looms."

Since 1999, Rep. Weiner has secured over $12 million to fight Rockaway beach erosion. 

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