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Mastic Beach Managed Retreat & Habitat Restoration

Quick Facts:

  • Client: Township of Brookhaven
  • Leading Issue: Coastal Erosion
  • Services Provided: Ecological site assessments, restoration planning, project funding assistance

Project Summary:

Great Ecology led the Ramboll project team in developing ecological site assessments and schematic designs for the restoration of 150 acres of native coastal salt marsh and scrub-shrub habitat along southern Mastic Beach. The restoration area is currently a mix of abandoned homes and former residential lots that have been reclaimed as part of the Township of Brookhaven's “retreat with dignity” program. This program was enacted by Brookhaven in response to continued sea level rise, with the goal of minimizing flood risks to property owners and creating a natural wetland buffer to protect remaining homes in Mastic Beach.

This project serves as a pilot for managed retreat efforts that coastal towns and cities will have to consider in the coming years as sea levels continue to rise and municipalities look more toward natural solutions. In addition to providing restoration planning, Great Ecology secured National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) grant funding on behalf of the Township of Brookhaven to fund the project.

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The Issue - Visualized

Mastic Beach Managed Retreat & Habitat Restoration
Mastic Beach - 1930 Aerial
Mastic Beach Managed Retreat & Habitat Restoration
Mastic Beach - 2019 Aerial, showing significant shoreline loss

The Issue - On the Ground

Mastic Beach flooding abandoned house
Reclaimed Property
Mastic Beach flooding
Reclaimed Property and Damaged Road
Mastic Beach flooding
Storm Surge Flooding
Mastic Beach flooding
Great Ecology Field Staff Conducting Site Assessment

Mastic Beach, NY