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Shinnecock Inlet Dredging Project Expanded To Tiana Beach

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Carol Moran   Dec 10, 2012 4:07 PM
Dec 12, 2012 9:17 AM

During his visit to the Shinnecock Inlet Monday morning, U.S. Representative Tim Bishop said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would expand a beach rebuilding project currently under way to include an additional 2,000-plus feet of shoreline in the area of Tiana Beach.

The original project, which began on November 30, was designed to dredge approximately 128,000 cubic yards of sand from the inlet and use it to restore about 2,100 feet of beaches west of the inlet to their state prior to Hurricane Irene in 2011. Additional sand will be used to restore what was lost during Superstorm Sandy, and about 115,000 cubic yards more will be dredged and used to bolster the Tiana Beach region.

In total, about 450,000 cubic yards will be removed from the inlet and pumped on shore, according to the Army Corps. The project, which officials said would be completed in about two weeks, will cost more than $7 million in total, split between federal and state funds.

“We’re proud of the work here,” New York District Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Commander Joe Seebode said, adding that the dredging would not only restore and protect the beaches from further erosion, but would also improve the navigation channel so that it will require less maintenance in the future.

“Rebuilding the dunes around the Shinnecock Inlet is of vital importance for the infrastructure not only on the land immediately surrounding the inlet, but on the mainland as well,” Mr. Bishop said in a prepared statement. “The storm surge estimates for the area were based on dune levels that no longer exist. Bringing the levels back to engineered levels can help to prevent the type of devastation we saw in 1992, when the ocean met the bay.”

The congressman was referring to a nor’easter that washed away much of what is now the Village of West Hampton Dunes, destroying homes and also creating a temporary breach on Dune Road.

A group of federal, state and local officials joined Mr. Bishop at the Shinnecock Inlet on Monday, including State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., DEC Regional Director Peter Scully, Scott Martella, the Suffolk County representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman.

“Swift action in addressing the storm damage is important for the fishing industry, as well as for the barrier beach protection,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “I would like to thank Congressman Bishop and the state for expediting the work.”

Mr. Bishop added that he plans to push for legislation to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild dunes and beaches higher than they were before the storms hit, as part of a mitigation effort. He said the Army Corps is currently constrained to restoring sand levels to their pre-storm condition, but no higher.

“I’m hopeful that we can get that done as well,” he said.

The Shinnecock Inlet port is home to the second-largest fishing fleet in the state, according to Mr. Bishop’s office. The port supports an average of 6.6 million pounds of fish that are transported each year, and the area is home to endangered species, such as piping plovers and least terns.

The dredge being used to clear the inlet and restore the beaches to the west of the passage was the same one used last month to fill a large breach at Cupsogue Beach County Park, just east of the Moriches Inlet, caused by Superstorm Sandy. That work, which cost approximately $6 million, wrapped up late last month.

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Good job Tim Bishop!...Maybe we can have Fireworks there on New Years Eve?
By V.Tomanoku (595), southampton on Dec 10, 12 4:14 PM
"Mr. Bishop added that he plans to push for legislation to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild dunes and beaches higher than they were before the storms hit, as part of a mitigation effort. He said the Corps is currently constrained to restoring sand levels to their pre-storm condition, but no higher."

Someone should tell Timmy that Mother Nature doesn't care. You could have dunes 50 feet high - water will undermine it and take them away.
By Nature (2473), Hampton Bays on Dec 10, 12 4:22 PM
Human Folly knows no bounds!
By PBR (4303), Southampton on Dec 10, 12 4:53 PM
Indeed this is a money pit. The Jetties need to be extended incorporating a "dogleg" on the east jetty. This design modification will facilitate the transport of sand to the west of the inlet as well as make the inlet safer for navigation due to the reduction of exposure to ocean swells within the inlet. The current design is not sustainable and subjects Shinnecock Bay to excessive flooding during storm events resulting in damage to Town and County infrastructure and Property.
The deeper inlet ...more
By FoReel (8), Hampton Bays on Dec 10, 12 6:10 PM
NOW Tim Bishop wants to make good on all of his promises regarding the "studies" that have been going on for years with no conclusions and no action? As far as I'm concerned he should be taking his paycheck and hanging his head in shame in all of this .... where was he when a real push really might have made a difference and counted. And what about East Hampton?!? I'm not shocked - but I am appalled. A reminder to East Hampton - you get what you voted for in Tim Bishop. An empty suite helping ...more
By Board Watcher (486), East Hampton on Dec 10, 12 8:11 PM
lets waste more taxpayer money on something that can never be fixed nor should it be every year brings another storm and the inevitable will always happen but good old tim will some brownie points for the next election which is all he cares about anyway
By sandie (15), speonk on Dec 14, 12 12:46 PM
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