Westhampton Beach Interim Project Completed

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, many areas of the New York and New Jersey coastline suffered severe erosion, leaving scores of coastal communities vulnerable to future storms and flooding.

But a great deal of work by the Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, in conjunction with federal, state and local sponsors, has restored many of the most severely damaged areas.

The completion of the Westhampton Beach Interim Project in late 2014, a spin-off of the larger Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) initiative, is designed to reduce risks from storm damage while a study evaluating storm-damage reduction plans is completed, which may include additional work in the project area.

It also marks the District’s final coastal-storm risk reduction project, providing reduced flood risk from major storms to Westhampton Beach and mainland communities north of Moriches Bay.

Work on the nearly four-mile stretch from Westhampton Beach to Cupsogue Beach County Park included restoring berms and dunes, tapering existing groins, and constructing an intermediate groin. Sand was placed within existing groin compartments to build up beaches and encourage sand transport.

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During Sandy, this previously-constructed project performed well, significantly reducing flooding and damage to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure — as originally designed.

Nearly 1 million cubic yards of sand was placed through a $15.2 million contract with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Oak Brook, Ill. Work began mid-November 2014 and was complete by late 2014.

The initiative was fully funded through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 (PL 113-2), authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to restore areas severely damaged by Sandy to their original design profile, often resulting in a wider beach than previously existed prior to Sandy.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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