Clinton, King Call on Army Corps of Engineers to Move Forward with Point Lookout Storm Reduction Measures
Call for Point Lookout to be considered separately
Washington, DC - In continuation of their ongoing efforts, Senator Clinton and Congressman King sent the following letter today to Lieutenant General Strock of the Army Corps of Engineers -
May 13, 2006
Lieutenant General Carl A. Strock
Commander and Chief of Engineers
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
2600 Army Pentagon, Room 2D221A
Washington, DC 20310-2600
Dear Lt. General Strock,
We write to share our concern regarding recent developments with the Jones Inlet to East Rockaway Inlet, Long Beach, NY project. As you may know, the Long Beach City Council unanimously voted to reject the proposed project on May 4, 2006.
The severe erosion facing Point Lookout, located on the eastern end of Long Beach Island, would have been addressed in rejected Long Beach project. Unfortunately, these recent developments put the safety of this beachfront community at risk. While we honor the City Council's decision, steps need to be taken to address the erosion issue facing Point Lookout.
We believe the Point Lookout portion and the Long Beach portion are separable elements. We respectfully request that a reevaluation of the storm damage reduction measures for the Point Lookout portion of the Long Beach project, authorized in Section 101 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-303) be performed. This will enable the Corps to address the needs of Point Lookout's shoreline in an expeditious manner.
The loss of an estimated 600,000 cubic yards of sand over the last several years poses a significant risk to the houses, buildings and public roadways in Point Lookout. It is essential to the wellbeing of this community that the Army Corps responds quickly to mitigate erosion problems, and provide further storm damage protection.
Please contact our offices should you require any further information. We thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Hillary Rodham Clinton U.S. Senator
Peter T. King Member of Congress