The USACE senior leaders met with Minister Chen Lei, Ministry of Water Resources of the People’s Republic of China and its delegation on November 19.
The Chinese delegation was hosted to a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program Status Briefing session afloat in the cabin of the USACE vessel Hocking.
Various presentations were made by USACE senior leaders with discussions on Hurricane Sandy coastal restoration efforts.
The USACE leaders spoke about reduction measures and construction work, and explained projects and studies such as the Sea Gate-Coney Island Improvement Project; the South Shore of Staten Island, NY Coastal Storm Risk Management Project; and the East Rockaway Inlet to Rockaway Inlet/Jamaica Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study.
The officials elaborated about the progress and continued commitment to storm risk management and reducing risk to coastal communities. Video presentations depicted storm damages from Sandy to coastal areas, Manhattan infrastructure and to densely populated urban communities.
The USACE leaders involved in the November 2015 discussions included: Mr. Steve Stockton, HQ USACE Director of Civil Works; Ms. Ada Benavides, Assistant Director for Civil Works and Senior Water Resources Policy Advisor, HQ USACE; Brig. Gen. William Graham, Commanding General, USACE North Atlantic Division; Mr. David Leach, Director of Programs, USACE North Atlantic Division; Col. David Caldwell, Commander, USACE New York District; and Mr. Joseph Seebode, Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management, USACE New York District.