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Title: Integrated Hurricane Sandy General Reevaluation Report and Environmental Impact Statement, Atlantic Coast of New York, East Rockaway Inlet to Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. New York District
Keywords: Rockaway Inlet (N.Y.)
Jamaica Bay (N.Y.)
Shore protection
Flood control
Environmental management
Environmental protection
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. New York District.
Abstract: This Final HSGRR/EIS (referred to as simply “HSGRR/EIS” throughout this document) and its recommendations are a component of the USACE response to the unprecedented destruction and economic damage to communities within the study area caused by Hurricane Sandy. The State of New York through the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is the non-federal sponsor, and the City of New York through the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency is the local sponsor to the NYSDEC. Project partners include the New York City (NYC) Department of Parks and Recreation, and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. The National Park Service, Gateway National Recreation Area (NPS) is a consulting party under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and a Cooperating Agency under the National Environmental Policy Act. Based upon the review of the proposed project during the feasibility phase, the NYSDEC will require during the PED Phase further justification or component revisions to ensure the protection of water quality, habitat quality, and public access. The study area consists of the Atlantic Coast of NYC between East Rockaway Inlet and Rockaway Inlet, and the water and lands within and surrounding Jamaica Bay, New York. The study area (unchanged from the 2016 Draft HSGRR/EIS) also includes the low lying Coney Island section of Brooklyn, which can be overtopped by floodwaters that flood the Brooklyn neighborhoods surrounding Jamaica Bay. The area is located within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulated one percent Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP) floodplain, or the 100-year floodplain. The Atlantic Ocean shoreline, which is a peninsula approximately 10 miles in length, generally referred to as the Rockaways, separates the Atlantic Ocean from Jamaica Bay immediately to the north. The greater portion of Jamaica Bay lies in the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, NYC, and a section at the eastern end, known as Head-of-Bay, lies in Nassau County. More than 850,000 residents, over 46,000 residential and non-residential structures (which includes scores of critical infrastructure features such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes), and additional wastewater treatment, subway, and railroad infrastructure are located within the study area. Five principal planning objectives were identified for the study, based upon a collaborative planning approach. These planning objectives are intended to be achieved throughout the 50-year period of analysis, which is from 2020 to 2070: 1. Reduce vulnerability to coastal storm risks; 2. Reduce future coastal storm risks in ways that will support the long-term sustainability of the coastal ecosystem and communities; 3. Reduce the economic costs and risks associated with large-scale flood and storm events; 4. Improve community resiliency, including infrastructure and service recovery from coastal storm events; and 5. Improve coastal resilience and reduce the risk caused by frequent flooding.
Description: Integrated General Reevaluation Report and Environmental Impact Statement
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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