The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will return to East Hampton on Wednesday, April 23, to present its proposed emergency beach stabilization project for downtown Montauk, according to a press release sent out by Town Supervisor Larry Cantwell last week.
Steve Couch, the chief of the Army Corps’s coastal section of the New York District, and Susan McCormick, the chief of the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Coastal Erosion Management Section and Bureau of Flood Protection and Dam Safety, will speak about the best option for Montauk. There will be an opportunity for the community to ask questions as well.
Last week, Chris Gardner, a spokesman for the Army Corps, said the agency had been considering geotubes, large bags pumped full of sand, to build up the beach. He said this option had been preferred among stakeholders and government officials, but the cost-effectiveness and feasibility of the project had to be fully vetted.
He said the project would be a short-term solution and only an offshoot to the more long-term implementation of the Fire Island-to-Montauk Point Reformulation Study, which calls for additional sand placement in Montauk to create a feeder beach that would, over time, nourish westerly beaches.
The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the large meeting room at East Hampton Town Hall.
U.S. Representative Tim Bishop, State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. and Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman have been invited to attend, according to the press release.