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Living Breakwaters: Project Home

Living Breakwaters: Project Home
Innovative Infrastructure

Living Breakwaters is an innovative coastal green infrastructure project designed to reduce or reverse erosion and damage from storm waves, improve the ecosystem health of Raritan Bay, and encourage stewardship of our nearshore waters and generally enhance people’s experience of the shoreline of southern Staten Island. The project was initially developed by SCAPE Landscape Architecture for the Rebuild by Design (RBD) Competition, a design competition held by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to seek cutting edge ideas for coastal resilience in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The project is being implemented by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery and is funded by HUD through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding as well as with funds from New York State. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2021 and be completed by the fall of 2024.

Living Breakwaters Projects


Start Date: Summer 2015
Completion Date: Fall 2019


Start Date: Winter 2019
Completion Date: Winter 2020


Start Date: August 2021
Projected Completion Date: Fall 2024


Total Funding: $114,000,000


  • HUD Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery $97,118,843
  • New York State - $16,881,157

Includes Funding for:

  • Design/Permitting/Planning
  • Construction and Administration
  • Social Resiliency Programming

Infographic of the timeline
 The breakwaters will be constructed from the southwest to the northeast (see plan below) between the summer/fall of 2021 and the end of 2024. The shoreline restoration component will start January 2024 and continue through April 2024.