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Responses to New York District Corps of Engineers Review

  1. 1. First Coastal Corporation, Post Office Box 1212, 4 Arthur Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 Phone: 631-288-2271, Fax: 631-288-8949 www.firstcoastal.com Environmental Consulting and Construction. Permits to Construction. Preserving the coast since 1975 Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Naomi Handell Eastern Permits Section - New York District US Army Corps of Engineers 26 Federal Plaza New York, NY 10278-0090 RE: USACE Permit App # NAN-2012-00011-EHA Public Notice Responses – USACE – NY District Village of Quogue Beach Restoration Project Dune Road, Quogue, NY Dear Ms. Handell: As per the letter from your office dated August 18, 2015 (copy attached), please find the following responses to the New York District Corps of Engineers internal, inter-Division review of the Public Notice for the above referenced project as per your request: 1a. If a hopper dredge is used without UXO screens, inboard cages and full time monitoring for sturgeon and turtle entrainment would be required. A special condition to this effect would be included in any issued Department of the Army Permit. The applicant is in agreement with above statement and would comply with the special condition. 1b. In the borrow area where Q1 and Q2 do not intersect with Borrow Area 5B, there is the potential to encounter cultural resources. Analysis of the sand cores taken within the above mentioned region has identified that no visible cultural resources are present. If cultural resources are encountered all standard federal procedures for reporting and retrieving cultural resources will be adhered to as well as any special conditions required by the permitting agencies.
  2. 2. First Coastal Corporation, Post Office Box 1212, 4 Arthur Street, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978 Phone: 631-288-2271, Fax: 631-288-8949 www.firstcoastal.com Environmental Consulting and Construction. Permits to Construction. Preserving the coast since 1975 1c. No information is available on submerged land surfaces and the potential for the recovery of prehistoric sites. The cores should be examined to be sure that only sand layers would be dredged. Non- sand stratum should be avoided as they may be indicative of an early land surface. Examination of the sand cores from the proposed borrow sites have identified that only sand layers are present. Please see the “Geotechnical Data Supplementary Report, Shoreline Erosion Assessment and Plan for Beach Restoration, Village of Quogue, New York, February 2012”. Non-sand stratum will be avoided and if encountered standard federal procedures for reporting and identifying alternate borrow sites will be adhered to, as well as any special conditions required by the permitting agencies. 1d. The New York District has evaluated the potential impacts of the proposed initial dredging on 1.1 million cubic yards of sand on the New York District Civil Work’s Program. Any future Borrow Area dredging events would require separate evaluation. A special condition to this effect would be included in any issued Department of the Army Permit. The applicant is in agreement with above statement and would comply with the special condition. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact our office. Sincerely, First Coastal Corporation Aram V. Terchunian, M.Sc. President
  3. 3. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY NEW YORK DISTRICT, CORPS OF ENGINEERS JACOB K. JAVITS FEDERAL BUILDING 26 FEDERAL PLAZA NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10278-0090 August 18, 2015 SUBJECT: Permit Application Number NAN-2012-00011-EHA by Village of Quogue for borrow area dredging and beach nourishment with 10 years maintenance dredging Incorporated Village of Quogue Attn: Peter Sartorius, Mayor PO Box 926 7 Village Lane Quogue, New York 11959 Dear Mayor Sartorius: The New York District Corps of Engineers has completed an internal, inter-Division review of the Public Notice issued for your proposal and has the following comments: If a hopper dredge is used without UXO screens, inboard cages and full time monitoring for sturgeon and turtle entrainment would be required. A special condition to this effect would be included in any issued Department of the Army permit. In the borrow area where Q1 and Q2 do not intersect with Borrow Area 5B, there is the potential to encounter cultural resources. No information is available on submerged land surfaces and the potential for the recovery of prehistoric sites. The cores should be examined to be sure that only sand layers would be dredged. Non-sand stratum should be avoided as they may be indicative of an early land surface. The New York District has evaluated the potential impacts of the proposed initial dredging of 1.1 million cubic yards of sand on the New York District Civil Works program. Any future Borrow Area dredging events would require separate evaluation. A special condition to this effect would be included in any issued Department of the Army permit. [ x ] These comments contain specific questions and recommendations; please supply this office with a response to these questions/recommendations within the next 20 days.
  4. 4. SUBJECT: Permit Application Number NAN-2012-00011-EHA by Village of Quogue for borrow area dredging and beach nourishment with 10 years maintenance dredging If you have any questions, please contact the undersigned at (917) 790-8523. Sincerely, Naomi Handell Project Manager Eastern Section Cc: First Coastal Corp, A. Terchunian, PO Box 1212, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

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