Dredge Sailors Haven, Watch Hill, and Barrett Beach Channels and Marinas for Public Use and Safety
Due to the Government Shutdown, the review period for this Environmental Assessment has been extended through October 27, 2013.
The proposed project consists of dredging the existing navigational channels and their associated marinas and docking facilities at three sites on Fire Island. The purpose of the projects is to re-establish safe, public access to NPS facilities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and other storm events. Recent storms have deposited sediment into the navigation channels, marinas and some of the docking facilities at Sailors Haven, Watch Hill and Talisman/Barrett Beach, creating conditions that have increased the difficulty of navigation and access for two-way vessel traffic. The project will remove approximately 10,000 cubic yards of sand from Sailors Haven channel and approximately 35,000 cubic yards of sand from the Watch Hill Channel. Actual volumes will be determined by mapping and profiling to be completed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), under agreement with the Federal Highway Administration.
It is anticipated that the actual dredging will be completed by a contract administered by the USACE, authority provided under an Interagency Agreement between USACE and FHWA.
An Environmental Assessment will be prepared to evaluate potential impacts of the proposed action.
The EA will also include evaluation of potential impacts for dredge the Talisman/Barrett Beach Channel, which will remove approximately 10,000 cubic yards of sand from marina, storing material upland, bringing water depth back to 6 feet at low tide. Project will allow for continued public access and address safety issues.
Fire Island National Seashore
Attn: Superintendent -
Dredging EA Scoping Comments
120 Laurel Street
Patchogue, NY 11772-3596