Begin Rockaway Beach Replenishment
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently began beach replenishment work in Rockaway. The federal agency secured a contractor to pump approximately 121,000 cubic yards of sand between Beach 92 Street and Beach 103 Street as part of the $1.5 million project. The sand will be pumped onto the beach rather than trucked, which, officials say, will decrease the cost and avoid disturbing wildlife. The money for the sand replenishment program was secured by Congressman Anthony Weiner. In addition, study is underway to determine the best way to protect the coastline. Once completed, a proactive plan will be developed for Rockaway’s beaches to prevent erosion of this magnitude from happening again, Weiner said. The initial damage to the Rockaway shore was caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, which eroded the beach and flooded a portion of Shore Front Parkway. In the area near Beach 92 Street, the beachfront became inaccessible from the boardwalk due to the amount of sand that was washed away. Engineers begin to place pipes on Beach 92 Street. Sand will be pumped from the East Rockaway Inlet at the eastern end of the peninsula.
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