Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today announced that with the assistance of United States Senator Charles Schumer, the Federal government will provide $125 million to help harden communities in southwestern Nassau County against future storms and flooding. The funds, part of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rebuild by Design competition, were won in a contest between engineering firms that toured the east coast in search of projects in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
County Executive Mangano stated, “Nassau’s Rebuild by Design Project will further protect the health, safety and welfare of our residents from future storms while making Nassau more resilient and creating publicly greenways that connect and beautify our South Shore’s communities. Our partnership with both the Federal and State governments resulted in an award of $125 million that will be used to rebuild local neighborhoods smarter and stronger post-Superstorm Sandy.”
The project, engineered by Dutch-based engineering firms known as the Interboro Team, will redesign the Mill River watershed. The Mill River runs through East Rockaway and Rockville Centre and also impacts Oceanside. Work will include the construction of swales, widening the Mill River, improving water filtration and stormwater management and utilizing unused land for the construction of a waterfront park that will be equipped to better handle storm surges and proved a layer of protection for neighboring communities.
“This is a tremendous victory for Nassau County,” added County Executive Mangano. “We continue to move forward and seek every dollar to make Nassau County resilient.”