The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, hosted a special ceremony earlier this week to mark completion of a restoration project at the Camp Cronin Fishing Area in Narragansett.
“This is an excellent example of the Corps of Engineers working with the state of Rhode Island to combine their efforts to execute a successful project to benefit the state, the region and the residents of Rhode Island,” said Col. William M. Conde, Commander and District Engineer of the New England District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage to the area surrounding Camp Cronin and washed out a portion of the access road that runs from Ocean Road to the jetty. The breakwater repair project was performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with DEM, and included construction of a 70-foot wide, 480-foot long hybrid stone revetment to stabilize the shoreline and restore safe public access to the fishing area.
The project also included repairs to the adjacent East Shore Arm Breakwater of the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge.
Funding for the $8.5 million project was provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, and by Hurricane Sandy Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds.
CDGB funds were allocated to the State by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and administered by the RI Office of Housing and Community Development.