2010-07-23 / Top Stories

Beach Erosion Fix In The Pipeline

By Howard Schwach

Congressman Anthony Weiner at a February town hall meeting at PS 114, which he called to address the beach erosion problem. Congressman Anthony Weiner at a February town hall meeting at PS 114, which he called to address the beach erosion problem. If Congressman Anthony Weiner has his way, the temporary fix to replenish our beaches that was completed last month might lead to a permanent fix that will keep the entire six-mile Rockaway shoreline safe.

Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development announced the approval of $1 million to help fight beach erosion in the Rockaways.

“Every summer, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers flock to Rockaway’s beautiful beaches, but for years the sand has literally been washing away, with some of the most pronounced erosion occurring during this year’s harsh winter months,” Weiner said.

At a town hall meeting in February, residents asked Weiner for additional help to combat the dangerous effects of erosion in the Rockaways.

In response, Weiner says that he requested $1 million for the Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate its plan to provide long-term storm damage protection to the at-risk coastline, including the possible use of groins and jetties and further renourishment measures.

“Stopping erosion at New York area beaches has been an ongoing struggle,” Weiner said. “But I’m determined to do everything we can to stay one step ahead of Mother Nature and find a long-term solution that will protect our beaches and our waterfront communities.”

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