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Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project

The best defense (against a storm) is a natural defense

Staten Island, New York

The south shore of Staten Island has a long history of coastal erosion. The erosion, made worse by Superstorm Sandy, has left this community more vulnerable.

As part of its New York Rising Plan, the State set up the Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project, a storm recovery and resilience initiative. This project called for the design and construction of a stone-core, sand-capped dune system to reduce wave impact and coastal erosion along the south-shore neighborhood of Tottenville. Seeing our experience in risk reduction, ecological enhancement, and social resiliency, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) approached us for help.

Our team of landscape architects is analyzing the site to figure out where the risk reduction system should be placed. Other potential risk reduction measures for this community are also being considered. The layered design includes wetland enhancement, reinforced dune systems, raised pathways, and other natural elements.

Collaborating with the Rebuild by Design winning design team, we’ll meet the project’s goal of protecting the community from wave action and erosion through enhanced ecosystems and shoreline access.

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