Mastic Beach Ecological Restoration
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Situated on the scenic shoreline of the Moriches and Narrow Bays, the Mastic Beach hamlet boasts abundant green space, prime waterfronts, and rich ecological diversity. The close-knit community of multi-generational families, local leaders, and dedicated workers has a rich history closely linked to the summer community development patterns in the region.
Development in Mastic Beach is primarily residential, and as such residents experienced significant damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The storm devastated infrastructure, public health, local economy, and native ecosystems. Ongoing flooding due to sea level rise, storm surges, high water tables and rainfall continue to threaten the Mastic Beach residential and ecological communities. While the Town addresses vulnerabilities with house raising and buy-out programs in high-risk areas, they recognize the need for further widespread restoration and resiliency building work.
In 2018, the Town of Brookhaven was awarded the National Coastal Resilience (NCR) Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to develop 30% design plans for the restoration of coastal saltmarsh and scrub shrub habitat in the community of southern Mastic Beach in Suffolk County, New York. In 2020, the Town of Brookhaven was awarded a second NCR grant from NFWF to take the 30% design plans drafted in 2019 and finalize them into 100% and obtain all permits necessary for restoration of Southern Mastic Beach. The Southern Mastic Beach Ecological Restoration project seeks not only to protect and enhance the marsh ecosystem, but also to offer mechanisms for climate resilience and flood protection to safeguard inland residential communities.
Ramboll, in collaboration with project partner Chinook, will work closely with the Mastic Beach Community and Town of Brookhaven to devise practical and sustainable solutions to address ecological vulnerabilities and build community resiliency.
Community Engagement Workshop I
September 15, 2021 at William Floyd High School
Interactive Project Boards - review the project boards presented at the meeting and provide feedback on project objectives through the links.
Community Engagement Workshop II
The Mastic Beach Restoration project team will be hosting its second and final community workshop on Tuesday, February 8, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library Meeting Room (407 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967). Join us as we share design progress and discuss next steps.
Due to COVID-19 limitations, online registration is mandatory.
Can't make it in person? The meeting will be recorded, and materials will be made available on our website.
- Mastic Beach Restoration Project Community Feedback (PDF)
- Saltmarsh Sparrow Observations (PDF)
- Existing Conditions (PDF)
- Schematic Design of Proposed Ecological Restoration (PDF)
- Ecological Assessment Report (PDF)
Educational Quick Links
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Diamondback Terrapin
- Audubon article on Saltmarsh Sparrow
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Saltmarsh Sparrow
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Wetlands
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Coastal Resilience Fund
Town of Brookhaven, NFWF, Ramboll, Chinook, Audubon New York