“Today is a great day for Long Islanders who have been waiting many years for a project of this magnitude to reduce flood risk to their property and communities," said New York District Commander Col. Matthew Luzzatto. "Army Corps personnel and our federal, state, county, and local partners are committed to executing this historic civil works initiative for the residents of Suffolk County.”
The work currently taking place is the first contract dredging nearly 1.5 million cubic yards of sand from Fire Island Inlet and strategically placing it on area beaches to strengthen coastal resiliency. Approximately 802,000 cubic yards of sand will be placed along nearby Gilgo Beach, and 716,000 cubic yards will be placed at Robert Moses State Park, respectively. This part of the project also includes coastal process features at Robert Moses State Park to enhance shorebird habitat.
Major aspects of the project include:
- Beach fill and dunes on shorefronts
- Structure elevations and building retrofits for approximately 4,400 structures
- Inlet dredging of federal navigation channels
- A four-pronged Breach Response Plan for breaches resulting from severe storms and tidal surges
- Groin/jetty reinforcement and restructuring
- 2012: Superstorm Sandy severely eroded beaches and barrier islands; several breaches were opened.
- 1992: A nor’easter created two breaches of approximately 4,000 feet — more than 3/4 mile.
- 1962: A severe storm destroyed 47 homes and inundated 12 square miles of mainland areas.
- 1938: The New England Hurricane damaged and/or destroyed 57,000 homes, claiming 682 lives.
The team’s innovative approaches to water-resource planning and inter-agency collaboration resulted in the completion of a nearly four-decade planning effort and approval of a Chief of Engineer’s Report in July 2020 for the FIMP Coastal Storm Risk Management Reformulation Study — an updated version that captures current science and engineering.