U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will deliver $200K in federal funding to the Nassau Back Bays resiliency study.
According to Schumer, these federal funds will zero-in on specific coastal protections to best shield south shore communities from another Sandy.
This study will examine the coastal flooding that occurred during Superstorm Sandy, test various solutions to prevent such flooding and make a final recommendation on how best to alleviate flooding along Nassau’s back bay communities.
The study will analyze various options from raising additional homes to tidal surge gates at the Jones and Rockaway Inlets. Schumer personally urged the Corps to make sure this Nassau project had the funding necessary to move forward in this year’s Army Corps’ work plan so locals can prioritize specific South Shore protections while working to secure the federal funding that will help to make them a reality.
The $200k in federal work plan dollars will allow the study to begin soon. As for next year, the Army Corps has also proposed an additional $300k in funding for this project, allowing the agency to finalize the Back Bays study.