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Posted 4/26/2017

Release no. 17-005

Michael Embrich

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) New York District, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and Nassau County will host two scoping meetings for the Nassau County Back Bays, NY Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study. The meetings are being held pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The purpose of the Nassau County Back Bays feasibility study is to investigate potential solutions to coastal storm flood damage along the back bays of Nassau County, NY. This includes but is not limited to municipalities in the Town of Hempstead and Town of Oyster Bay located within southern Nassau County, as well as the City of Long Beach.

As a result of Hurricane Sandy, which severely impacted Nassau County in October 2012, the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 113-2, which authorized supplemental appropriations to Federal agencies for expenses related to the consequences of the storm. In support of this goal, the USACE completed the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study (NACCS), which identified nine high risk areas on the Atlantic Coast. The area along the south shore of Nassau County that front Hewlett Bay, Middle Bay, Jones Bay, South Oyster Bay, and associated creeks, channels, and minor waterbodies (the "Nassau County Back Bays") was identified as one of the nine areas of high risk that warrants an in-depth investigation into potential coastal storm risk management features. The USACE, NYSDEC, and Nassau County have partnered to investigate potential measures that could reduce future flood risk in ways that support the long‐term resilience and sustainability of communities and the environment, and that reduce the economic costs and risks associated with coastal storm events.

The public is invited to learn about the feasibility study, and comment on the scope of the issues and alternatives to be addressed in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The scoping meetings will be held on:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Seaford High School Auditorium|
1575 Seamans Neck Road, Seaford, NY 11783
Poster session: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Presentation and Q&A: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Freeport Village Hall
46 N. Ocean Avenue, Freeport, NY 11520
Poster session: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Presentation and Q&A: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Questions about the study and scoping meetings should be directed to Mr. Mark Lulka, USACE Project Manager, USACE New York District, Programs and Project Management Division, Civil Works Programs Branch, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY 10278; Phone: (917) 790–8205; email: NassauBackBays@usace.army.mil.