Public Comments on Shortening the Groins

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s draft general reevaluation report regarding the Fire Island to Montauk Point Reformulation Study (shortening the groins/jetties) can be found at this link.

More information about the study can be found at this link.

The public comment period has been extended until October 19, 2016, to provide residents an additional opportunity for feedback.

Public comments on the Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) project should be submitted to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Planning Division-Environmental Branch
Attention: Mr. Robert Smith
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278-0090

Public comments can also be submitted by e-mail to:

Project Biologist Robert.J.Smith@usace.army.mil
Project Manager Mark.f.Lulka@usace.army.mil

A sample letter provided by First Coastal Corporation is found below:

I am writing to request that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reconsider the shortening of the groins in Westhampton and Westhampton Beach and the project be dropped from the further consideration in the FIMP plan.

My reasons for this position are:

  1. The groins are no longer trapping sand and thus are no longer interrupting the littoral transport of sand. The present situation is highly stable and protective.
  2. The Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of executing the project is likely less than 1.0 when one calculates the costs of lands, easements and rights of way as well as the construction costs and rock disposal for 13 separate groins.
  3. The ongoing cost of environmental change clearly outweighs the benefit of providing a onetime source of sand to the littoral system.
  4. There is a plentiful supply of beach compatible sand located offshore that can be used at a lower environmental and economic cost.
  5. Removing the groins will shrink the existing beach and dune system and lower coastal storm protection.

In short, the marginal benefit and great risk involved in modifying the groins is insufficient to justify upsetting the status quo. The existing situation is extremely stable, environmentally productive and provides a high level of flood and erosion protection.

I respectfully request that the groin shortening in Westhampton and Westhampton Beach be removed from consideration under FIMP.

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October 16, 2016

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