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Tottenville Shoreline Protection

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

  • Staten Island, New York

    Staten Island, New York

Protecting a community from wave action and erosion through enhanced ecosystems and shoreline access

The south shore of Staten Island has sustained decades of coastal erosion. Its condition, made worse by Superstorm Sandy, has left this community more vulnerable to the next coastal storm.

As part of its New York Rising Community Reconstruction Plans, the State of New York set up the Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project, a storm recovery and resilience initiative. The assignment called for the design and construction of a stone-core, sand-capped dune system that would reduce wave impact and coastal erosion along the shore. This system would serve as a naturalized barrier to the looming threat of flooding.

Our team signed on to help. As the project progressed, we determined that the dune solution wouldn’t work for the whole shoreline. The answer? Custom design solutions for each of the diverse areas.

We're also working with the Rebuild by Design team to create an on-shore and off-shore integrated system. Using a layered approach comprised of a series of measures—wetland enhancement, eco-revetments, hardened dune systems, shoreline plantings, maritime forest restoration, and earthen berms—we’ll address the impacts of coastal flooding and shoreline erosion while restoring and enhancing ecosystems and improving waterfront access.

At a Glance

Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (New York)
Special Recognition award, New York City Public Design Commission
How Creative Designs Can Further a Vision of Sustainability & Resilience
Meet Our Team

Donna Walcavage, Principal, Landscape Architect

I am dedicated to tackling the complex, multidimensional issues involved in creating resilient, beautiful, and welcoming urban communities.
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Jenny Hamann, Associate, Landscape Architect

Seamless landscapes and urban spaces are created when you balance creativity with practical solutions—they create better communities.
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Daniel Proctor, Principal

I’m an engineer not only to help the environment and solve problems, but also to care for my community, clients, and teammates.

Donna Walcavage

Principal, Landscape Architect

Jenny Hamann

Associate, Landscape Architect

Daniel Proctor


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