The Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project (TSPP) – formerly the Tottenville Dunes Project - was developed through the NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program on Staten Island. The TSPP is separate from the Living Breakwaters, with a different design team and funding commitment, but is being planned jointly as a layered approach for the area to address coastal flooding, wave action and erosion while restoring and enhancing the ecosystems, improving waterfront access and engaging with the public on resiliency strategies. Its environmental impacts were analyzed with the Living Breakwater project and one joint Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was issued in mid-2018 for the two projects.
The project area for TSPP is along the shoreline proximate to the Breakwaters along much of the length of Conference House Park from approximately Carteret Street to Page Avenue.
At 90% design completion, the plan includes a series of risk reduction measures each designed to address the particular risks and characteristics of that section of the project area. These features are, beginning at the west and moving east: an earthen berm, a hybrid dune/revetment system, two eco-revetments (one section between Brighton Street and Manhattan Street and one section between Loretto Street and Sprague Avenue), and a raised edge continuing east to Page Ave. The entire system includes enhanced pedestrian access to the beach at numerous points, native plantings, interpretive signage, seating opportunities, and a continuous ADA accessible trail system along the shoreline in Conference House Park. A more comprehensive presentation showing the current design plan and minor modifications made since the 60% design, can be found HERE.
The final design of the TSPP was complete as of spring 2020.