FIMP Plan Included in New Congressional Spending Bill
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced authorization for construction of the Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) Project on Long Island’s south shore and Hashamomuck Cove Coastal Storm Risk Management Project in Southold, as well as authorization for feasibility studies for Wading River Creek in Riverhead, Reel Point Preserve on Shelter Island, Goldsmith Inlet in Southold and Lake Montauk Harbor in Montauk have been included in Congress’ upcoming spending bill.
“On the East End of Long Island, we have a unique responsibility to safeguard our local waterways, from bolstering our local maritime infrastructure to managing future storm risks,” said Congressman Zeldin. “Working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the Army Corps team at its New York District office, this bill prioritizes local projects that are vital to my Congressional District. Continuing to safeguard and invest in our maritime infrastructure will help preserve Long Island’s way of life for generations to come.”
Congress’ upcoming spending bill provides authorization for construction of the:
- Fire Island to Montauk Point Project, which includes essential dredging and shoreline projects spanning 83 miles of coastline, 80% of which is in the First Congressional District. The massive FIMP project, with an initial construction cost currently estimated at $1.5 billion, includes a variety of coastal and wetland restoration projects that will use the natural environment to reduce flooding, erosion, and storm damage, while also preserving the natural environment and habitat for wildlife and provides various coastal management initiatives for the bay side of the barrier beaches.
- Federal funding was previously appropriated for completion of the reformulation study and initial construction at 100% federal cost. Additional federal funding will be provided as needed.
- Hashamomuck Cove Coastal Storm Risk Management Project in Southold, which will help reduce coastal storm damage to residents who live along the Long Island Sound. The project is expected to play a key role in protecting County Road 48 - a major transportation route used for hurricane evacuation, while also protecting critical infrastructure including nursing homes and hospitals.
- The initial federal funding contribution estimate of $11,549,000 for this project is now eligible for funding by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of its upcoming annual work plan. This project also requires an initial contribution of $6,218,000 from a non-federal sponsor.
It directs the Secretary of the Army to expedite the completion of the feasibility study and, if justified, may proceed directly to preconstruction for:
- Reel Point Preserve on Shelter Island, which will focus on navigation and shoreline stabilization;
- Goldsmith Inlet in Southold, which will focus on improving navigation; and
- Lake Montauk Harbor in Montauk, which will focus on improving navigation.
Additionally, it authorizes a feasibility study for:
- Wading River Creek in Riverhead, which will focus on hurricane and storm damage risk reduction, flood risk management, navigation, and ecosystem restoration.