US Army Corps of Engineers
North Atlantic Division

Army Corps completes final post-Sandy emergency beach repair project

Published Dec. 22, 2014
With the completion Dec. 21 of the Westhampton Dunes coastal storm risk management project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed the last of 25 post-Sandy federal beach repair projects. This project involved the placement of 1 million cubic yards of sand. (Photo by: James D'Amborsio, public affairs, New York District)

With the completion Dec. 21 of the Westhampton Dunes coastal storm risk management project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed the last of 25 post-Sandy federal beach repair projects. This project involved the placement of 750,000 cubic yards of sand. (Photo by: James D'Amborsio, public affairs, New York District)

* Data totals updated as of Dec. 24, 2014

Sand Placement Totals:

Rhode Island: 94,500 cubic yards
Connecticut: 99,000 cubic yards 
New York: 7.03 million cubic yards 
New Jersey: 15.96 million cubic yards
Delaware: 1.88 million cubic yards
Maryland: 884,000 cubic yards
Virginia: 325,000 cubic yards


NEW YORK – On Dec. 21, with the completion of a project in Westhampton, NY, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division finished its last of 25 emergency beach repair projects authorized after Hurricane Sandy. This effort, funded under the Corps' Flood Control and Coastal Emergency (FC&CE) program, served to repair and restore coastal storm risk management projects previously built by the Corps that were severely impacted by the storm.

Comprising the largest emergency repair and restoration effort in USACE history, the 25 FC&CE-funded projects received 26 million cubic yards of sand – enough to fill MetLife Stadium 13 times. Starting in February of 2013, sand was trucked in or pumped onto beaches from offshore to build elevated berms, repair, restore and fortify shorelines, and to help mitigate erosion. By April of 2014, 75 percent of the projects were already complete.

Repairs to levees, sea walls, and a tide gate also increased coastal protection and resilience from future storm damage.

The 25 FC&CE projects are a fraction of more than 150 Division projects and studies authorized and funded after Hurricane Sandy, which include the repair of Sandy-damaged navigation channels and structures, the construction of 19 new coastal storm risk management projects, and 17 flood and storm damage risk management studies along the Northeast coast.

“A great amount of work has been accomplished, but, together with our partners, we will not be satisfied until we have completed all of our projects to lower coastal storm damage risks along the Atlantic Coast,” said Joseph Forcina, Chief of the Sandy Coastal Management Division, which is the NAD organization dedicated to overseeing these projects. “This is a significant effort, requiring extensive engineering analysis, development of drawings, acquisition of real estate, and selection of appropriate contractors to undertake this specialized work.”

The 25 projects were accomplished through a number of contracts executed by the Division’s New England, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Norfolk districts. Sand was obtained from a variety of sources, including from navigation channels and offshore borrow areas.

Of the 26 million cubic yards of sand placed, the vast majority (roughly 23 million cubic yards) was placed in New York and New Jersey.

In New York, roughly 7 million cubic yards of sand was placed, with about 3.4 million cubic yards placed along Rockaway Beach in Queens and more than 600,000 cubic yards placed on Coney Island in Brooklyn.

In New Jersey, about 16 million cubic yards was placed along the coast, with about 8 million cubic yards placed from Sea Bright to Manasquan.

The entire effort totaled more than $455 million and was 100 percent federally funded.

"This has really been a team effort," said Brig. Gen. Kent D. Savre, the division's commanding general. "And we will continue to work with our stakeholders and partners to maintain that sense of urgency throughout the remainder of our program.”

In addition to future navigation channel and structure repair projects and coastal storm risk management construction projects and studies, the remainder of the Division’s program also includes the submission in late January 2015 of a report that provides recommendations to address flood risk to vulnerable coastal populations. This report, called the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, is the result of two years of collaboration with key stakeholders including federal, state, regional, and local governments, as well as NGOs, tribes, and academia.

More information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study is available on http://www.nad.usace.army.mil/CompStudy.

More information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers post-Sandy coastal storm damage risk management efforts is available on http://www.nad.usace.army.mil/Sandy.

More information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers post-Sandy FC&CE-funded sand placement efforts in the North Atlantic Division is available in the following table.

 


Army Corps post-Sandy FC&CE-funded sand placement efforts in the Northeast

----- Rhode Island: 94,500 cubic yards -----

Project

Sand (cubic yards)

Army Corps District

Misquamicut Beach, Westerly

94,500

New England

----- Connecticut: 99,000 cubic yards -----

Project

Sand (cubic yards)

Army Corps District

Prospect Beach, West Haven

70,800

New England

Woodmont Beach, West Haven

28,200

New England

----- New York: 7.03 million cubic yards -----

Project

Sand (cubic yards)

Army Corps District

Coney Island (NYC)

631,000

New York

Rockaway (NYC)

3.4 million

New York

Gilgo Beach (Long Island)

1.8 million

New York

Westhampton Interim (Long Island)

750,000 

New York

West of Shinnecock Inlet (Long Island)

450,000

New York

----- New Jersey: 15.96 million cubic yards -----

Project

Sand (cubic yards)

Army Corps District

Keansburg

875,000

New York

Sea Bright to Manasquan

8 million

New York

Long Beach Island

(Surf City, Harvey Cedars, Brant Beach)

3 million

Philadelphia

Brigantine Island                               

577,000

Philadelphia

Absecon Island (Atlantic City & Ventnor)

1.3 million

Philadelphia

Ocean City

800,000

Philadelphia

Avalon & Stone Harbor

821,000

Philadelphia

Cape May Inlet to Lower Township                       

585,000

Philadelphia

----- Delaware: 1.88 million cubic yards -----

Project

Sand (cubic yards)

Army Corps District

Dewey & Rehoboth  

509,000

Philadelphia

Indian River Inlet Sand Bypass

440,000

Philadelphia

Bethany & South Bethany 

536,000

Philadelphia

Fenwick Island

368,000

Philadelphia

Roosevelt-Lewes

22,000

Philadelphia

----- Maryland: 884,000 cubic yards -----

Project

Sand (cubic yards)

Army Corps District

OceanCity                                                                                                 

884,000

Baltimore

----- Virginia: 325,000 cubic yards -----

Project

Sand (cubic yards)

Army Corps District

Virginia Beach Hurricane Protection

190,000

Norfolk

Sandbridge

135,000

Norfolk

 


Contact
Justin Ward
347-370-4550
justin.m.ward@usace.army.mil
or
Lin Miller
347-370-4772
lin.c.miller@usace.army.mil

Release no. 14-063