Army Corps completes final post-Sandy emergency beach repair project
With the completion of a project in Westhampton, NY, USA at the end of last year, 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 funded projects received 26 million yd³ (20 million m³) of sand.
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 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.
Joseph Forcina, Chief of the Sandy Coastal Management Division, which is the NAD organization dedicated to overseeing these projects said:
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.
Sand was obtained from a variety of sources, including from navigation channels and offshore borrow areas.
The entire effort totalled more than $455 million and was 100 percent federally funded.
Brig. Gen. Kent D. Savre, the division’s commanding general said:
This has really been a team effort 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 included the submission in late January 2015 of a report that provided 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.