Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rockaway Beach Erosion Restoration Under-Funded

Rockaway beaches are facing rocky times, as inadequate funding could affect the areas most severely hit by recent storms, according to the Queens Courier.

According to Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, the East Rockaway Inlet is dredged every two years to make it more accessible for boats. The sand is then deposited on the peninsula’s beaches, from Beach 26th and Beach 38th Streets. However, due to the recent Nor’easters beginning last November, there was a need for sand between Beach 80th and 110th Streets.

“This past year we lost a lot of sand in higher numbers like the 90s to lower 100s, so we reached out to the Army Corps [of Engineers] and asked them to consider putting it [the sand] there rather than in the 30s, which didn’t really lose sand,” Lewandowski said.

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The Queens Courier -  March 2, 2010 - BY ALEXA MAE ASPERIN


  1. The dredging of sand to replenish Rockaway's beaches is sacred. No one is allowed to say anything in opposition.

    No one is allowed to talk about how the dredging creates steep underwater drop offs and swift moving currents that have claimed the lives of many swimmers.

    No one is allowed to talk about studies conducted by Lamont Doherty labs at Columbia University that indicate that the dredging accelerates current flow and marsh island erosion within Jamaica Bay.

    No one is allowed to talk about the westward movement of the replenished sand.

    Most importantly, no one is allowed to question this practice.

  2. you are correct anonymous.

  3. ^ add to that the acoe has NOT tested dredged sand coming out of the inlet for contaminants in years. it's disturbing how uneducated parks people are.

    thankyou for posting that about the lamont doherty study - i'm reading up on it now.