Officials Support ‘Alternative III’ Proposal

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder yesterday urged the USACE to choose the “Alternative III” proposal, the alternative with the maximum number of jetties and groins, as part of the Rockaway Reformulation Study.

The officials said that, after their push, the Army Corps held a public meeting on the long-delayed Rockaway Reformulation Study. At the meeting, the Army Corps unveiled three proposals to the community.

Of the three options, Rockaway residents have conveyed their clear support for the Alternative III proposal, which provides periodic beach restoration, the formation of sand dunes, and the installation of new rock groins along the peninsula.

Schumer, Meeks and Goldfeder said that the Army Corps should carefully consider choosing ‘Alternative III,’ as it includes much-needed long-term protective measures, like groins which help maintain beach profiles, cuts down on future renourishment and provides natural storm protection measures.

In addition, reinforced dunes and periodic renourishment included in this plan provides necessary long-term protective measures.

The federally-funded Rockaway Reformulation Study, that Schumer, Meeks and Goldfeder have long supported, will ultimately determine the solution for long-term erosion control and coastal protection projects along the Atlantic Coast, between East Rockaway Inlet, Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay.

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