Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rockaway coast restoration underway

From the Daily News:

By next summer, the beaches in the Rockaways will have as much sand as they did in the 1970s, but it remains to be seen how long they will stay that way.

Officials gathered near the surf Thursday to highlight the coastal restoration program, while concerned residents complained that another tropical storm would return the beaches — along with their coastal neighborhoods — to the condition they were in last fall, after Superstorm Sandy.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started a $36.4 million project to pump 3.5 million cubic yards of sand onto the peninsula’s badly eroded beaches, fortifying them against future superstorms and the raging Atlantic Ocean.

Rockaway residents, who lost their homes and businesses to superstorm Sandy, have been anxiously awaiting the sand replenishment, boardwalk reconstruction and other protection measures as another storm season looms.

Those who have taken an active interest in the work say the new sand is good, but they remain critical of the fact that rock jetties and other permanent structures, also important to shielding the coastal neighborhoods from the ravages of a superstorm, will not be built for at least three years.

There's also a research center at Jamaica Bay now to study the ecosystem.


Anonymous said...

From this perspective it seems as if they have the problem solved, eh?

The fact of the matter is the supply of sand to replenish the waterfront is just about exhausted.

Within 50 years all the buildings you see there will be gone. With that warning go ahead and invest.

Its your money.

Anonymous said...

Gone, really? Why because you say so, or is it because of global warming, or now called climate change and in a few years mutts like you will have a new term for it. Shut up and go away

Anonymous said...

where are the boardwalks? did anyone do a study on what happens when the wind blows all that sand back down the blocks again, like it did in the late winter/early spring when they first put sand on the beaches?