2011-05-20 / Top Stories

Weiner Sets 'Long Term' Erosion Fix

From Breezy Pt. to the east end of Rockaway, erosion eats at the ocean front. From Breezy Pt. to the east end of Rockaway, erosion eats at the ocean front. With beach season approaching, Representative Anthony Weiner on Wednesday announced $750,000 to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers develop a long-term solution to erosion at Rockaway Beach.

In 2003, the Army Corps began a comprehensive, long-term study to find ways to prevent erosion at Rockaway Beach. However, the study, which is set to be completed in 2013, lacked the funding this year to continue. Since 2003, including the latest funding, Weiner has announced more than $2.2 million to help the Army Corps continue its study on how to best stop erosion at Rockaway Beach and lead to longterm solutions, which could include the use of groins and jetties.

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

Erosion at Rockaway Beach has been an ongoing issue, and just recently significant amounts of sand have washed away between Beach 90 and Beach 110

Streets. During high tide, seawater reaches all the way up to the boardwalk, eroding away sand and posing major safety risks, including preventing life guard stands from being installed.

While some parts of Rockaway Beach are protected against significant erosion, the shoreline near Beach 90 Street has fewer jetties – many of which are old and dilapidated.

With the more than $2.2 million, the Army Corps now has the funding necessary to come up with a myriad of viable solutions, including jetties and groins, to stop erosion and safeguard the beach.

“As those of us who are familiar with the beach already know, groins and jetties are needed to protect this vital shorefront,” Weiner said. “This funding will now allow the Army Corps to continue its reformulation study and help protect Rockaway Beach.”

In addition to being an important recreation spot for New Yorkers, Rockaway Beach serves as a vital buffer to protect homes and property on one of the country’s most populated barrier islands.

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