Sand replenishment activities are in the mobilization phase at #rockawaybeach, #farrockaway & #rockawaypark in #nyc. The CR McCaskill dredging ship was readying for activities on Beach 10th street while large 2 foot diameter piping was being placed into the ocean around Bells Beach through Beach 110th Street. The US Army Corps of Engineers has set up an construction trailer at Beach 110th where much of the storage of these steel pipes are stored with construction vehicles and materials. There’s a whole lot of sand coming to Hurricane Sandy & Irene impacted Rockaway Beaches in the coming year. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they plan to beef up the eroded beaches with 1.5 million cubic yards of sand — the amount estimated lost during just Superstorm Sandy. NYC Parks Department will also spend millions in the effort to rebuild NYC beaches. Bill Tai, principal environmental planner at the Parks Department said “We will work with the Army Corps to move the sand where we think it’s needed most, roughly between Beach 85th St. and Beach 105th St. centered around Beach 92nd St.” If more sand is available, it will be used to fill beaches in Far Rockaway in the area of Beach 20th St. and Beach 30th St in this first phase. U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $10 million contract for an emergency project that will restore 600,000 cubic yards of sand along Rockaway Beach. The entire Rockaway Beach project spans the length of Beach 19th to Beach 149th Street. There are two phases of the project. The first phase targets the most vulnerable area, Beach 89th to Beach 149th, and the second phase targets Beach 19th to Beach 149th. In March, Schumer announced that, after his push, the project would be fully covered by the federal government through the Sandy Relief Bill. Other work removing death sticks or old sodden barriers has begun also. This will so in the natural flow of sand along the southern shore of the Rockaway Peninsula. Many local residents want rock jetties built to protect the shoreline, but the US Army Corps of Engineers must still study the feasibility and environmental impacts of meeting this community request.