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Living Breakwaters Construction Update - June 2022


As of June, the Contractor for Living Breakwaters finished placing all the ecologically-enhanced concrete tidepool units and almost all of the armor stones for Breakwater ‘A’. The contractor is getting ready to install the navigation aid light posts to the east and west ends of Breakwater A. This breakwater is expected to be complete before the fall. At the same time, stone placement operation also started on Breakwater ‘B’ located just east of Breakwater ‘A’. At the Jersey Precast Plant in Trenton, NJ, production of ecologically-enhanced concrete units (armor units and tidepool units) is ongoing and expected to finish by the end of July. Stone production at Carver Quarry (in Johnstown, NY) is also continuing.

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How can you ensure safe navigation around the Living Breakwaters?

​It is summer and a great time to get out onto the water. However, please remember that the Living Breakwaters project site is an active construction zone that boaters must avoid. 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 all buoys, lighted posts, and barges. You can see Breakwater ‘A’ and part of Breakwater ‘B’ at high tide, but partially constructed breakwaters (‘B’, ‘C’, and ‘D’) may or may not be visible above water. Construction barges are also moored in the vicinity of the construction zone and Barges are secured by anchor lines that can extend great distances from the barges. The barges and anchor lines will also move over the course of the summer depending on which breakwaters are under construction. All construction areas are marked, and barges are marked with lights on four corners. If you are a boater/mariner, please give this active construction zone a wide berth!

Please see section on “NAVIGATION SAFETY FOR LOCAL MARINERS DURING CONSTRUCTION” below for more information. The project construction activities are also posted in the US Coast Guard’s Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) for US Coast Guard District 1. The LNM, published weekly for each Coast Guard District, is the US Coast Guard's primary means for disseminating information concerning aids to navigation, hazards to navigation, and other items of marine information of interest to mariners on the waters of the United States, its territories, and possessions.

Living Breakwaters Project Area

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