BROOKLYN — Congressman Bob Turner (R-Brooklyn/Queens) applauded the signing of a partnership agreement between the Army Corps of Engineers and the New York City Parks Department to begin a Storm Risk Reduction project at Plumb Beach in Brooklyn.
“Given Plum Beach’s extremely close proximity to the Belt Parkway, there is a critical infrastructure concern. This agreement will provide much-needed resources to ensure the stability and safety of a major highway,” Turner said.
Now that the agreement has been approved by the Army Corps, it moves to the City Parks Department for approval. The project would include two phases. The first phase of the project, which has been in the planning phase for several years, calls for sand replenishment from the dredging of Ambrose Channel. The second phase will entail stone placement and jetties to protect the area from storms.
“Many advocates and officials have worked to get movement on this project for quite some time. Since taking office in September, I have been able to work with Col. John R. Boule, district commander of the New York District Army Corps of Engineers, and the City of New York to help push the project forward,” Turner said.
Turner has met with the Army Corps of Engineers many times, both in Washington, D.C., and at his district office in New York. The meetings included extensive discussions about the Plum Beach project. The congressman has been a staunch advocate for this project and the importance of infrastructure improvement throughout his district.
Kathleen Flynn, president of the Sheepshead Bay-Plumb Beach Civic Association, said, “This is great news for all of Brooklyn, but especially for Sheepshead Bay-Plumb Beach. We are pleased that the federal and city governments realize the importance of this project and are working with one another to move forward.”