Audubon New York submitted formal comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on the USACE's East Rockaway Inlet to Rockaway Inlet and Jamaica Bay Draft Integrated Hurricane Sandy General Reevaluation Report and Environmental Impact Statement. A-NY supports a balanced approach to storm recovery and coastal risk reduction that includes long-term strategies that benefit the region’s communities and coastal ecosystems. Our primary interest in this project is on how it impacts at-risk species like the federally threatened Piping Plover and Red Knot as well as priority coastal habitats such as beaches, intertidal flats, and saltmarshes.
The project area consists of the Atlantic Coast of New York City between East Rockaway Inlet and Rockaway Inlet, and the water and lands within and surrounding Jamaica Bay, New York. The project area also includes the low lying Coney Island section of Brooklyn. The project area is heavily populated with more than 850,000 residents and developed with more than 48,000 residential and commercial structures as well as additional associated infrastructure.
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