SCHUMER ANNOUNCES SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES THEIR REQUEST FOR FUNDING FOR PRESERVATION OF ASHAROKEN BEACH - PROJECT SET TO RECEIVE $100,000
Funding Would be Used to Continue Feasibility Study Of Permanent Preservation of Beach
Schumer Worked Closely with Subcommittee to Include Funding in FY2011 Spending Bill
Bill Will Now be Sent to the Full Senate Appropriations Committee
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee has approved the FY11 Appropriations Bill which includes $100,000 for Asharoken Beach. The funding will be used to continue a study exploring the feasibility of the permanent preservation of Asharoken Beach. Schumer worked closely with members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year’s spending bill.
“This funding ensures that the feasibility study can continue to find permanent solutions to the erosion of Asharoken beach,” Schumer said. “Preserving the shoreline is an important measure in protecting the town as a whole and protecting Long Island’s beautiful beaches. I will fight to see this funding through the full appropriations process.”
The Army Corps of Engineers has been conducting a feasibility study for a permanent restoration of Asharoken beach. The feasibility study proposes 600,000 cubic yards of sand being deposited on Asharoken beach to protect it from significant erosion. The Army Corps and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation are currently discussing sand sources for this project. Meanwhile, a sea wall construction has been put in place as a temporary measure to maintain the beach’s status as a barrier between Asharoken Avenue and the Long Island Sound.
Now that the bill has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, it will be sent to the full Senate Appropriations Committee which is set to pass the bill this afternoon. Following approval by the Full Committee and the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.