USA: Fire Island Inlet Dredging Project (VIDEO)
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced recently that a $15 million Army contract has been awarded for emergency dredging and beach nourishment for the Fire Island Inlet and Shore Westerly to Jones Inlet.
Schumer and Gillibrand successfully secured approval from the Army Corps to begin this multi-purpose project which will provide much-needed dredging at the Fire Island Inlet and simultaneously help the Sandy-damaged Gilgo Beach by replenishing it with the dredged sand. Sand will also be replenished at Tobay Beach, Cedar Beach and Overlook Beach.
Schumer and Gillibrand announced that the work for this project has been contracted and the project will soon move forward.
“Today’s news means that work on this much-needed emergency project will soon be underway, allowing commuters and fishermen who rely on a passable Fire Island Inlet to better utilize this major artery,” said Schumer. “Superstorm Sandy ravaged Long Island’s south shore coastline and I worked hard to ensure restoration projects, like this one, were funded under the Sandy Relief Bill. I am relieved that a contract has been awarded so that Long Island’s beaches can be restored as soon as possible.”
Dredging Today Staff, August 15, 2013