An Electronic Newsletter 
of EEA's Environmental Consulting Activities
Summer 2002

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Laura Schwanof, RLA

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Teresa Rotunno

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Paul Block

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Victor Fahrer, P.E.

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Vice President


                  Studies in Marine Ecology

Summer in the Hamptons

EEA’s ecology group spend not only summer, but fall, winter and spring out on Long Island’s infamous east end. Summer on the "in beaches", parties and an active night life, right? Not exactly. ……EEA (as ecological subcontractors to URS Greiner/Moffat and Nichol, JV) is currently working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on the Atlantic Coast of Long Island: Fire Island Inlet to Montauk Point, New York: Storm Damage Reduction Reformulation Study. In response to the US Congress and New York State, the USACE is developing a comprehensive, long-term solution for hurricane and storm damage reduction within the floodplain from Fire Island Inlet to Montauk.

The area of study extends 83 miles along the south shore of Long Island, encompassing the barrier island’s oceanic and bay communities. The barrier island is a dynamic transition zone between land and sea, subject to sudden disturbances. Flooding and erosion of the barrier islands have the potential to severely impact the mainland communities bordering Shinnecock, Moriches and Great South Bays. The habitats of the barrier island vary from sandy shorelines to vegetated marshes and tidal pools. This barrier island is an important component of Long Island’s ecosystem, functioning as a protective buffer to a highly productive estuarine system.

‘In-Seine’ Sampling –
Trawling, Grabbing, Trapping and Pinging

A multitude of natural resource studies are being conducted in order to evaluate baseline conditions in the study area. EEA scientists are documenting the various ecosystems in order to assess the impacts of proposed actions. We hit the high seas of the Atlantic and the low seas of the bays to sample both offshore and inshore for finfish, invertebrates (animals without a backbone), vegetation and sediment. Sample collection includes state-of –the-art technology such as the acoustic profiling technique known as RoxAnn. RoxAnn uses sonar to interpret bathymetry, sediment type, benthic invertebrates and submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV).

Other types of collecting gear include the otter trawl, beach seine, throw trap, benthic corer and ponar grab. In addition, infrared aerial photography was used to analyze vegetation patterns at historic breach and overwash locations

The Final Product

All of this information will be compiled into a document entitled Reformulation Report and EIS (Environmental Impact Statement). This report will include discussions on the proposed action, alternatives to the proposed action, a description of the affected environment and a description of the environmental consequences of alternatives. All levels of federal, state, and local government, as well as citizen groups and not-for-profit agencies, have been involved with the process of drafting this report. The Reformulation Report and EIS will be reviewed by these groups and a plan for the future of Long Island’s barrier island will be in motion.