2012-10-19 / Community

Dredging Begins To Replenish Beaches

By Miriam Rosenberg


Dredging equipment in the waters near Beach 19 Street is now sending sand from the East Rockaway Inlet to repair beach erosion on the west end. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Dredging equipment in the waters near Beach 19 Street is now sending sand from the East Rockaway Inlet to repair beach erosion on the west end. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg During the last few years storms have eroded beaches across the Rockaway peninsula.

This week, dredging to replenish sand on Rockaway’s beaches began as some of Great Lakes Dredging and Dock Company’s equipment showed up in the waters between Beach 19 and Beach 9 Streets in the East Rockaway Inlet.

According to Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, 280,000 cubic yards of sand are now on their way to Beach 30 Street. From there the sand will be divided between two areas on the west end that need the sand most. With the assistance of Senator Charles Schumer, Goldfeder got the Army Corps of Engineers to allocate $3.9 million for the dredging project.

Schumer and Goldfeder, working with Mayor Bloomberg and the city’s Parks Department, were able to secure $3 million to place the sand on the beaches.

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