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Environmental Assesment for Spring Creek South Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Coastal Storm Risk Management Project, Howard Beach, Queens, New York (4085-DR-NY)

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy drove a catastrophic storm surge into the New Jersey and New York coastlines affecting the study area. This surge was accompanied by powerful and damaging waves, especially along the coast of central and northern New Jersey, Staten Island, and the southern-facing shores of Long Island. Flood depths due to the storm surge combined with a high tide cycle were as much as 9 feet (3 meters) above the ground surface in Manhattan, Staten Island, and other low-lying areas within the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area. President Barack Obama declared Hurricane Sandy a major disaster on October 30, 2012. The declaration authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance to the state per federal disaster declaration DR-4085-NY and in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974 (42 United States Code [USC] 5170c), as amended, the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, and the accompanying Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), the subrecipient, has applied to FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for financial assistance to restore Spring Creek South. The project would construct natural/nature-based features to provide coastal storm risk management (CSRM) benefits and enhanced coastal resiliency to the Howard Beach community. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYSDHSES) is the recipient partner for the proposed action.