Hydraulic Marine Dredge Replenishing Sand At Point Lookout

POINT LOOKOUT, NY (CBSNewYork) – On a day like this, you could stand for hours admiring the beauty of the water off Point Lookout, Long Island.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall: 20,000 Cubic Yards Of Sand Will Be Replenished

A section of washed away beach - Point Lookout, NY - May 25, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

A section of washed away beach - Point Lookout, NY - May 25, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

There are a number of large homes. Some residents even sit on rooftop patios enjoying the view.

But erosion has threatened these homes and now, something is being done about it.

A large vessel called a hydraulic marine dredge is in the water off of Point Lookout to combat erosion and foul odor.

Since the beach has eroded over the years, the dredge is pulling up the sand that is underneath the water and, using a long plastic pipe, the sand is placed back on the beach.

“We have so far replenished 5,000 cubic yards of sand. Ultimately, it will be 20,000 cubic yards of sand,” says town of Hempstead supervisor Kate Murray. “Our number one priority, of course, is to make sure that our neighborhoods stay safe.”

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A rotting seaweed problem which was responsible for a foul odor has been fixed.

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  • m

    fix the sewage treatment plants and let Mother Nature do the rest.

  • JR

    The arrogance of man is that we think we can control nature. The more we try to “fix” the problem the worse we are making it down the road. We should learn to live within nature not against it. Money we don’t have is being wasted on putting back the sand that will get washed out in the next storm. We never should have built so close to the water. Next people will want flood walls or levees to hold back the inevitable. Is it really worth it?

  • Frank D

    Thank god the rich people’s houses are saved from a blighted view and beach loss with our taxpayer money. There is a god

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