We designed a conceptual plan to restore the stormwater retention area to its natural state after Superstorm Sandy.

Oakwood Beach Flood Attenuation Feasibility Study and Design

Staten Island, NY

Nature-Based Resilience in Action

During Superstorm Sandy, the Oakwood Beach community on the southeastern shore of Staten Island, New York, was inundated with 20-foot high waves. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used the federal housing fund to buy out approximately 300 homes that were affected.

Through a partnership between the state of New York, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York City, and the Nature Conservancy, a design was developed for Oakwood Beach to become 190 acres of marsh, dunes, wetlands, maritime forest, and recreational space—restoring its natural beauty and reducing flood risk from rainfall-induced flooding and coastal storm surges for more than 1,800 homes.

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190 acres

Designed for resilience

Services

  • Water
  • Resilience
  • Environmental

Markets

  • State/Local

Regions

  • Northeast
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  • resilience
  • Oakwood Beach Flood Attenuation Feasibility Study and Design
  • Oakwood Beach
  • Hurricane Sandy
  • environmental

Location

Staten Island, NY

Completion Date

2014

Owners/Clients

New York State Office of General Services

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Cost

$612,000
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