Congressman Bob Turner (NY-09) sent the following letter to Army Corps of Engineers Acting Commanding General, Major General Merdith "Bo" Temple, expressing his support for the allocation of additional funding to complete the Rockaway Beach Reformulation Study.
Major General Merdith "Bo" Temple
Acting Commanding General
Army Corps of Engineers
GAO Building, 441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20314
Dear Major General Temple,
I am writing to express my strong support for the allocation of additional funding to complete the Rockaway Beach Reformulation Study.
The 170 acres of Rockaway Beach have been a destination for the residents of the Rockaway Peninsula and countless other New Yorkers for more than a century. The Army Corps restored damage to Rockaway Beach through two major construction projects between 1977 and 2003. Unfortunately, the ongoing need to replenish the eroding shoreline and damage inflicted by Hurricanes Katrina and Irene have made it increasingly obvious that a long-term conservation plan is necessary.
In the FY 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, the House Appropriations Committee provides an additional $5.9 million beyond the President's budget for this type of project. Specifically, on page 26:
Additional Funding for Ongoing Work.--The fiscal year 2013 budget request does not reflect the extent of need for project studies funding
The intent of these funds is for ongoing work that either was not included in the Administration's request or was inadequately budgeted [Rockaway Peninsula was not included]. A study shall beeligible for this funding if it has received funding, other than through a reprogramming, in at least one of the previous three fiscal years.
The Rockaway Beach Reformulation Study was drafted in 2004 to develop a comprehensive and cost-effective solution to continuing erosion on the Rockaway peninsula. This project made significant progress when adequate funding was provided, and preliminary alternatives and an estimated damage analysis were completed and presented in the fall of 2011. If proper funding is provided, the Army Corps is ready to conduct a public scoping meeting to summarize its findings and begin the process of selecting an alternative that can be recommended for future construction.
Based on the above criteria, the Rockaway Beach Reformulation Study is eligible for additional funding in FY 2013. The residents of the Rockaway Peninsula cannot afford to lose momentum on this critical project, and the damage sustained from Hurricane Irene last August has made the reformulation study all the more important -- especially with hurricane season just a few short months away.
The Rockaway Beach Reformulation Study can be completed for a total cost of $1.6 million over two years if fully funded. I therefore urge you to give your fullest consideration to this serious matter.
Congressman Bob Turner represents New York's 9th Congressional district and serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and House Committee on Homeland Security.