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Corps proposes stone revetment to reduce coastal storm damage at DCR Reservation at Nantasket Beach in Hull: Public comments can be submitted until June 12

Published May 13, 2014
CONCORD, Mass. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District has conducted a feasibility investigation to examine coastal storm damage reduction alternatives for the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Reservation at Nantasket Beach in Hull, Mass. The Corps’ proposed recommended plan is to build a 2,100-foot stone revetment to reduce coastal storm damage.

“The study for a coastal storm damage reduction project was conducted to examine solutions to storm damage and flooding at the Nantasket Beach DCR Reservation and backshore properties in the town of Hull,” said Study Manager David Larsen, of the Corps’ New England District Engineering/Planning Division in Concord, Mass. “During coastal storms, these properties can sustain damages from wind and wave action.”

The study has been completed to identify and evaluate alternative plans that would reduce or eliminate these damages. Storm waves and winds pose a potential flood hazard to the DCR facilities and commercial properties in the backshore. The project would provide protection for the sea wall and reduce the risk of flooding in this area.

The proposed project for the Nantasket Beach DCR Reservation would provide protection along about 2,100 feet of shoreline along Nantasket Beach through the construction of a stone revetment on the shore side of the sea wall from a point in the vicinity of the intersection of Nantasket Avenue and Wharf Avenue to a point in the vicinity of the intersection of Hull Shore Drive and Water Street. The recommended Federal project is construction of a 2,100-foot long stone revetment seaward of the sea wall, with an 8-foot wide bench at elevation 12 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), sloping to the existing beach at a maximum slope of 1 foot on vertical to 3 feet horizontal.

The proposed work is being coordinated with: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; National Marine Fisheries Service; Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection: (Division of Water Pollution Control, Division of Marine Fisheries, and Division of Wetlands and Waterways); Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs: (Coastal Zone Management Office, and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Office); Massachusetts Historic Commission; Hull Conservation Commission; and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

An Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) was prepared and is available for review upon request. Impacts to the area are expected to be minor and temporary. Construction work will not be performed in areas where shellfish and other benthic organisms are spawning. The link to the EA/FONSI is
http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/ProjectsTopics/NantasketBeach.aspx.

The public notice is available for review at: http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/PublicNotices.aspx.

Public comments on this proposed work should be forwarded no later than June 12, 2014 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Engineering/Planning Division (ATTN: Mr. David Larsen), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751 or by email to david.a.larsen@usace.army.mil.
Contact
Tim Dugan
978-318-8264
cenae-pa@usace.army.mil

Release no. 2014-059