2011-03-24 / Other News

Rep. Weiner Secures Funding To Combat Plumb Beach Erosion


Black plastic bags filled with sand were placed along the western portion of Plum Beach since shoreline rapidly vanished following periods of severe weather last year. 
Neil S. Friedman Black plastic bags filled with sand were placed along the western portion of Plum Beach since shoreline rapidly vanished following periods of severe weather last year. Neil S. Friedman Following a meeting with Colonel John R. Boulé II, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New York District, Rep. Anthony Weiner last week announced that the Army Corps has agreed to provide $500,000 in funding to help combat erosion in Plumb Beach.

After years of erosion, made worse by last year’s Nor’easter, Plumb Beach has rapidly deteriorated as sand has washed away from its shores. Last summer, Weiner visited Plumb Beach to highlight the dangers of erosion, including severe flooding and the potential collapse of the eastbound Belt Parkway.

Along with the battered beach, the once 40- foot long buffer between the Belt Parkway and the water has been swept away, with just a few yards of sand remaining. Damage to the parkway could be disastrous not only for local residents, but the thousands of commuters who rely on it every day.

At the meeting, Colonel Boulé provided Weiner with news that the Army Corps will supply $500,000 in funding to help jumpstart the restoration of the beach. The project calls for the installation of two groins and one breakwater to prevent sand from being washed away and endangering the community in the process.

“With the Belt Parkway and residential homes literally one storm away from catastrophe, this restoration project is critical to the community,” Weiner said. “This funding is good starting point, but make no mistake about – there is still much work to be done to protect residents and restore this vital shorefront.”

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