Finally—Army Corps Releases Updated Study

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It’s here. After a long wait, the revised draft of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) plan for Rockaway is here. USACE released the “Revised Draft Integrated Hurricane Sandy General Re-evaluation Report/Environmental Impact Statement, and revised General Conformity Determination” for Rockaway, East Rockaway, and Jamaica Bay on Tuesday, September 4 and the public has until October 22 to respond.

With the release of the revised report comes a 45-day period for public comments to be submitted. And you’re going to need to take your time with it. The full report comes in at 316 pages. The focus of this coastal storm risk management study is the tidally affected area within Rockaway Inlet, Rockaway Beach, and Jamaica Bay. It is an updated version of USACE’s last draft on the report, issued in July 2016, and now includes changes made according to comments received on the last version of the report. It includes the full details on the potential plan to protect Rockaway against future storms and flooding, including measures to create 13 new groins and extend five already-established groins, plus adding more sand, and other protective measures. It also includes the potential impacts of each measure. The full report can be found on the Army Corps' New York District’s web site: http://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Projects-in-New-York/East-Rockaway-Inlet-to-Rockaway-inlet-Rockaway-Beach/

“This report represents the next step in ensuring stakeholder alignment as we work to increase resiliency for the Rockaway and Jamaica Bay communities," Col. Thomas Asbery, the Army Corps' New York District Commander, said. "We will continue to work with our stakeholders at the federal and non-federal levels to finalize this study towards construction to provide residents of Rockaway and surrounding communities with additional flood risk reduction measures increasing the safety of residents within the project area.” 

"The City applauds the Corps' diligent work to meet this milestone within the timeline agreed upon by Mayor Bill de Blasio and General Semonite, Army Corps' commanding general, last winter,” Jainey Bavishi, director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, said. “As the City has long said, the Atlantic Shorefront project is crucial to stemming erosion on Rockaway Beach. The City also looks forward to seeing the Corps work with bayside communities to refine the bayside measures proposed in this report. Moreover, we urge the Corps to work with partners at the City, State, and Federal level to continue to work toward solutions that address the resilience of Jamaica Bay in a comprehensive manner."

Don’t miss your chance to have your say. Written comments may be submitted via mail or e-mail. Comments submitted will assist in evaluating the project and will be reflected in the project record.

To send comment by mail, address them to Ms. Daria Mazey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District Planning Division, Environmental Branch, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York 10278-0090. Comments by email, can be sent to Daria Mazey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Daniel Falt, project manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After public comments are received, USACE hopes to release a final report by the end of the year. They aim to start putting elements of the plan in place starting at the end of 2019.

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