The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and study sponsors (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Nassau County) participated in a webinar with various elected officials in January 2021 to discuss aspects of the study and current findings. The Army Corps plans to host meetings with all stakeholders and a broad audience in the winter of 2021. To date, the Study Team has conducted extensive engineering, economic, hydrologic, hydraulic, and environmental analyses and has evaluated numerous alternatives.
Currently, the Study Team is focused on non-structural alternatives (to include elevating and floodproofing structures), floodwalls in vulnerable areas, and alternatives to protect critical infrastructure (such as power stations and wastewater treatment plants) to help communities recover faster and improve resilience.
The purpose of the Nassau County Back Bays feasibility study is to investigate potential ways to reduce the risk to people, critical infrastructure, and businesses caused by coastal storms such as Hurricane Sandy. The study team is investigating potential solutions that could reduce flood risk in ways that support the long‐term resilience and sustainability of communities and the environment, and that reduce the economic costs and risks associated with coastal storm damage. The team will look into the feasibility of a number of measures, which includes but is not limited to storm surge barriers, bulkheads, floodwalls, levees, seawalls, shoreline stabilization, stormwater improvements, beach nourishment, living shorelines, wetland restoration, and the elevation, floodproofing, and/or relocation of structures.
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April 2019 Status Report