Feb 28, 2010

Elders Point Mitigation and Restoration - Jamaica Bay, NY

This challenging, $15 million project was declared “nearly impossible” by one regional construction company who declined to bid on the job due to its complexity and its rigid time constraints. GBI was the only contractor to bid on this daunting job, and completed the project within the stringent schedule specified. The project required the cooperation of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Port Authority of NY and NJ, the NYS DEC, and the National Park Service.

The project began with GBI moving 162,000 cubic yards of sand from a stockpile at Floyd Bennet Airfield through more than 3 miles of pipeline using two booster pumps. The sand was moved to Elders Point East Island in the middle of Jamaica Bay, where it was retained by a system of coir log structures which surround the island. The sand was then graded using a GPS-guided bulldozer, which graded the sand to within a half-inch of the specified grade. Following this task, 400,000 plants were installed within a 3-month accelerated time frame to ensure that the plants would thrive before the end of planting system.click here

1 comment:

Rockaway Vivian said...

Thanks for carrying out the Herculean task of posting all of the news items from past two weeks on Jamaica Bay! All of this affects our club and its mission in a very direct way. I have at least 3 suggestions, as we in Rockaway are going through a similar flurry of events and can share expertise: (1)Sebago should appoint a member willing to volunteer for CB 18 Environment Committee (procedures allow general public to request appointment). Jeffrey Miller is chair, email address is BKBRD18@optonline.net (2) Sebago should send a representative as a listener to any RFP or RFEI site visits to the new park on Paerdegat, so we know what will be proposed. Also, are there homeowner groups on either side of basin? We should go to their mtgs as well. Rockaway Vivian