New England News Releases

USACE hosts open house August 1 in Oxford, Mass., for Hodges Village Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house August 1, 2024, in Oxford, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 1976 Hodges Village Dam Master Plan for the Hodges...
USACE hosts open house July 31 in Monson, Mass., for Conant Brook Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house July 31, 2024, in Monson, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 1998 Conant Brook Dam Master Plan for the Conant...
USACE hosts open house July 30 in Uxbridge, Mass., for West Hill Dam Master Plan revision
7/5/2024 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District will host an open house July 30, 2024, in Uxbridge, Mass., to kick off a process to revise the 2011 West Hill Dam Master Plan for the West Hill...

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Local bird watchers descended upon West Hill Dam armed with pen, paper and a few binoculars to participate in West Hill Dam’s annual Backyard Bird Count.
Construction of the System Management Engineering Facility (SMEF), the 40,000 square foot, 2-story addition, is well underway and progressing rapidly.
For vessels wanting to enter Plymouth waters, dredging to remove shoals from the Plymouth Harbor federal navigation project in Massachusetts is currently underway and on schedule.

News From Around the Corps

Savannah District team members gear up for hazardous materials training
7/1/2024
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel recently, participated in the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Technician training course, at the District’s headquarters building in Savannah,...
ERDC’s H2Rescue demonstrated on Capitol Hill
5/23/2024
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) H2Rescue made its way to Capitol Hill to the inaugural World Fire Congress in Washington, D.C...
Handshake Agreement with Local Group Benefits All
5/24/2024
As recreation season ramps up, so have the safety measures. The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, partnered with a local group, Friends of Lake O' the Pines, on a project to update...

Feature Stories

Nantasket Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project is set to begin

USACE, New England District
Published Feb. 28, 2018
The center section of the Nantasket Beach seawall in Hull, Massachusetts will be fortified as part of the Nantasket Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction project.

The center section of the Nantasket Beach seawall in Hull, Massachusetts will be fortified as part of the Nantasket Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction project.

A seawall at Nantasket Beach will have its center section fortified as part of the Nantasket Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction project in Hull, Massachusetts.  George R. Cairns & Sons, Inc., of Windham, New Hampshire will do the work under a $2,696,200 contract.  “The project consists of installing an approximately 2,200-linear-foot stone toe revetment along the seawall at Nantasket Beach Reservation on Hull Shore Drive,” said Project Manager Michael Riccio.

The Nantasket Beach seawall was built in 1915 and is owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  Although the seawall has been relatively stable and well-maintained since its construction, over the last 25 years, undermining of the seawall footing caused by long term erosion has resulted in several partial failures along the northern and southern sections.

Damaged sections have since been rebuilt and shored up by the DCR through emergency actions but the remaining 2,200 feet of undamaged seawall has remained unprotected and is still vulnerable to erosion and future undermining.  This project will shore up the remaining 2,200 linear feet, resulting in stabilization along the entire length of the Nantasket Beach seawall. 

 The New England District and the DCR executed a Project Partnership Agreement in April 2016 for the final design and construction of the project.

According to Riccio, work on the revetment will include shoreline excavation of about 27,000 cubic yards of beach material, placement of approximately 4,000 square yards of geotextile fabric, placement of about 1,600 cubic yards of ground and crushed stone, placement of about 4,000 cubic yards of 350-pound stone, placement of approximately 10,000 cubic yards of 2-3 ton armor stone, placement of approximate 30, 6-foot by 3-foot by 2-foot granite slabs, and backfilling of the revetment with excavated beach material.

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation manages the beach and is the project sponsor.  Construction is set to begin by the end of February 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of May 2018.


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