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Living Breakwaters Construction Update - July 2022


In July, the contractor finished placing most of the armor stone and ecologically-enhanced concrete tidepool units on Breakwater ‘B’ as well as making adjustments to Breakwater ‘A’. Navigation aids will be installed on the east and west ends of Breakwater ‘A’ and ‘B’ when stone placement operation is complete. In the coming weeks, the Contractor will start placing core and toe stones on Breakwater ‘C’ to the east of Breakwater ‘B’. Work on Breakwater ‘D’ will follow.

The construction team also finished producing all ECOncrete™ ecologically-enhanced concrete armor and tidepool units for the project in July. Most of the units will be stored at New Jersey Precast Plant (in Trenton, NJ) before being transferred to site and placed onto their respective breakwaters. At the Port of Coeymans (in Ravena, NY), marine mattresses will be brought down by barges to the project site in preparation for base layer construction at Breakwater ‘E’ later in the year. Stone production at Carver Quarry (in Johnstown, NY) is also continuing.

The team also had a successful breakfast shore walk with the Living Breakwaters project’s Citizen Advisory Committee to observe ongoing work. You can find more information on what you can see from the shore in this month’s fun fact below.

What can you see from the shoreline?

The breakwaters are located about 1000 ft from shore. Current construction activities can be observed from the beach of Conference House Park. You will see the red W537 e-crane picking up stone from the material barge and placing it onto the Breakwater ‘A’ and ‘B’. The crane is equipped with a grapple to lift armor stone and a bucket to handle smaller core stone. You will also see two yellow amphibious excavators working alongside the W537 to make adjustments to the stone placement. These excavators work like land-based excavators except that they are affixed to pontoons and float!

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Sunday, July 31, 2022



Living Breakwaters construction timeline


The breakwaters will be constructed from the southwest to the northeast (see plan below) between the summer/fall of 2021 and the end of 2024. The shoreline restoration component will be constructed in the final season of construction (2024).

Project Timeline Details


Start Date: Summer 2015
Completion Date: Fall 2019


Start Date: Winter 2019
Completion Date: Winter 2020


Start Date: August 2021
Projected Completion Date: Fall 2024


Total Funding: $107,000,000


  • HUD Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery $60,000,000
  • New York State - $47,000,000

Includes Funding for:

  • Design/Permitting/Planning
  • Construction and Administration
  • Social Resiliency Programming



Breakwater construction will generally proceed from the southwest, where the first breakwater will be installed, to the northeast. Partially constructed breakwaters may or may not be visible above water. Construction barges will be moored in the vicinity of the construction zone and will be marked with lights on four corners. Anchors will also be marked with lighted buoys. During work hours, divers will be present in the water. Mariners and recreational craft should avoid this area and keep their closest point of approach at least 0.5 nautical miles (3,308 feet) from buoys, lighted posts, and barges. Please refer to the Local Notice to Mariners for more information.


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Project liaison: Scott Narod
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Tottenville, Staten Island
Shoreline between Brighton Street End and Page Avenue

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