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Oct 3, 2012 8:57 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Beaches At Shinnecock Will Be Rebuilt With Sand From Inlet

Oct 3, 2012 11:16 AM

Contractors working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New York State will dredge about 300,000 tons of sand from Shinnecock Inlet beginning next month and pump it onto beaches west of the inlet that were severely eroded during the passing of Hurricane Irene last year.

The project officially has a dual purpose: bolstering the beaches decimated by Irene’s waves and clearing the navigation channel leading from the Atlantic Ocean into Shinnecock Bay, home to the state’s second-largest commercial fishing port.

The project will be funded jointly by the Army Corps and the state and conducted by a private contractor hired by the Army Corps, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.

U.S. Representative Tim Bishop announced this week that the project bids for the federal portions had come in well under budget. The dredging is officially slated to begin on or about November 1 and will be completed by mid-January 2013, according to Mr. Bishop’s office.

In June, the Army Corps appropriated some $5.1 million for the project, but the accepted bid for the work by Great Lakes was just under $3.9 million. The additional money will be held in reserve in case of any unexpected contingencies and would then be reassigned to other Army Corps emergency projects. Mr. Bishop said he will push for the money to be redirected to other Long Island projects.

“I fought for a strong federal response to mitigating the damage from Tropical Storm Irene, and this vital project will protect the more than 500 jobs that rely on the small businesses and marine infrastructure located west of Shinnecock Inlet and will also ensure continued safe access to New York’s second-busiest fishing port,” the congressman said this week. “We should all applaud the fact that the bid for the project was lower than expected and that taxpayers can expect extra bang for their buck with the federal-state partnership on this work.”

The federal portion of the project will dredge 128,000 cubic yards of sand—13,000 dump truck loads—from the main fairway of the inlet that will be pumped onto the quarter-mile stretch of badly eroded beach and dunes immediately to the west of the inlet.

The state portion of the project will fund the removal of another 115,000 cubic yards of sand from the navigation channel leading to and from the inlet. That sand will also be deposited along the beach near the inlet.

In late 2009 and early 2010, the Army Corps dredged more than 500,000 tons of sand out of the inlet and channel and pumped it onto beaches in western Hampton Bays and East Quogue. That project was funded with money from the federal stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Investment Act.

The beaches west of the inlet have suffered from chronic erosion for decades, the ill effects of the stone jetties that were used to stabilize the inlet in the 1950s. The jetties interrupt the sand that flows naturally from east to west along the shoreline, redirecting it offshore—also forming a long offshore sandbar that creates recurring hazardous navigation problems for boats entering and leaving the inlet.

The dunes that protect the commercial fishing port and cluster of restaurants and businesses adjacent to the inlet have been bolstered with trucked-in sand nearly every year, but would likely provide little protection from the pounding of waves in a major hurricane or a prolonged nor’easter.

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By C Law (354), Water Mill on Oct 3, 12 10:49 AM
Well it can be said that any maintenance is Sisyphean. Ah Sisyphus , the poor guy had to roll a huge boulder uphill only to have it roll back down after getting it to the top , lol. His eternal punishment....poor guy...lol.
That 6th grade Greek mythology came in handy , huh ? lol...
By PrivateerMatt (390), Weesuck Creek , EQ on Oct 3, 12 7:01 PM
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Oct 3, 12 10:55 AM
Tim gets my vote this year. He gets things done for he east end.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 3, 12 11:33 AM
And I'm sure that it's just a coincidence that this announcement is being made a month before the election. I figure by the end of the week this should be platered all over his TV ads. What I would like to know is when was the funding approved and when was the bid accepted? I put nothing by Bishop. Still won't vote for him.
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Oct 3, 12 1:17 PM
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My bad...I missed the part about the finding being allocated in June.
By itsamazing (224), Southampton on Oct 3, 12 1:19 PM
Another dredging with the same result over and over and over again. That same beach will become a half moon again. The definition of insanity is......

By waterboy (11), southampton on Oct 3, 12 2:27 PM
too bad this work couldn't be done by a local outfit, at least the inlet will be more safe ...
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Oct 3, 12 3:08 PM
there is no "local outfit" with this equipment.
By lazymedic (100), southampton on Oct 5, 12 8:46 PM
local outfits had a chance to bid-they just didn't win
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 3, 12 4:13 PM
Randy would have had the job done in India
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 3, 12 4:14 PM
This idiot bishop is grasping for straws. Is it a coincidence when they announce this during election season? He acts as if its his money he used to have the inlet dredged. Hundreds of millions in tourism dollars rely on the inlet wether he is in congress or not it will be done. The fact remains he is the poster boy of whats wrong with Washington.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 3, 12 4:51 PM
better the poster boy you know than someone new
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 3, 12 5:55 PM
They should just turn it into a cruising port. Tenders to the Hamptons. Book your shore excursion today! Lol!!!!
By fishdigger (3), southampton on Oct 3, 12 8:35 PM
a littoral case of déjà vu
By loading... (601), quiogue on Oct 3, 12 9:37 PM
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Shorely you jest!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 3, 12 9:44 PM
By loading... (601), quiogue on Oct 4, 12 2:08 AM
was dune no such thing
By loading... (601), quiogue on Oct 4, 12 2:10 AM
Sorry, then, to barge in and dredge up things . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 4, 12 1:30 PM
Tim is getting kickbacks, oh I mean campaign contributions!
By kpjc (161), east quogue on Oct 4, 12 7:23 AM
Bishop is local. He knows the east end. He knows and cares about what we need out here on the Eastern end of Long Island.
Bishop has my vote!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Oct 4, 12 10:39 PM
Besides being local he is also on the list for being one of the most corrupt people in congress. Congrats Tim we all know how difficult it is to make that list.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Oct 5, 12 1:05 PM
Tim Bishop works for the East End. He is from the East End.
Your guy made millions shipping good American jobs out of the the country. Now he wants to be our Congressman??
You should be ashamed of yourself for supporting such an outsourcing opportunist from New Jersey.
Bishop has my vote!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Oct 6, 12 7:53 AM
The few good things L'il Tim has done for the Ease End are outweighed by the years of Part line votes he's cast. For that reason he doesn't deserve to ride te gravy train any longer, Seems like the Deomkratz forget the jobs that Randy has CREATED IN THE USA! Guess that doesn't fit the template passed down from the power brokers.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Oct 7, 12 2:39 PM
Polly want a cracker to go with the ad homina monikers?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 7, 12 3:45 PM
Altschuler has taken FAR more jobs out of this country then he has created. And you are supporting a man who made millions shipping jobs overseas, and now he wants to buy our congressional seat. You should be ashamed of yourself for supporting such a man.
Vote for a real Long Islander.....Vote Bishop!!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Oct 7, 12 10:14 PM
Suffolk County has more people going on welfare and wages actually shring according to the ;ast census. Who's been congressman here during this time? Why didn't bishop make a law too stop outsourcing? The democrats actually encourage this type of free trade too India. Infact Bishop just voted yes too free trade with Colombia. The man is a complacent liar we need a change.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Oct 7, 12 10:28 PM
"Why didn't bishop make a law too stop outsourcing?" Really??
Because we do not make laws to stop people from making money from profitable opportunities......but we should not elect them to Congress.
You should not support such a person as well.
Let's send the outsourcer back to New Jersey perhaps he can try and buy a Congressional seat there.
Vote Bishop! Vote for a Long Islander!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Oct 8, 12 8:11 AM
tiny tim is finally stepping up to the plate with the JOBS thing and the inlet being opened. what happen to the many other years he was "watching" over us on the east end? NOTHING THAT'S WHAT!!!!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Oct 8, 12 6:40 PM
The Carmon's River cleanup, Saving Brookhaven National Lab, dredging Montauk Harbor, dredging the Shinecock Canal, and helping constituants (many who are veterans) navigate the Federal beuaracracy.Just to name a few.
By the way, can Altschuler even find those places on a map of Long Island?
How did we get him here anyway??? He is from New Jersey.
Vote for a Long Islander....Vote Bishop!!!
By SHNative (554), Southampton on Oct 8, 12 8:03 PM
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