Rockport Long Beach Seawall

Rockport MA Seal


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby provides final notice of its
decision to provide Public Assistance Program funding for an action located in a floodplain and
wetland. Funding would be provided through the Massachusetts Emergency Management
Agency (MEMA) to the Town of Rockport, MA to reconstruct a seawall, revetment, and beach
access stairs at Long Beach. Maps of the project areas are available upon request to or (202) 704-1027.
The proposed action is located along Long Beach, southeast of residences located on Old County
Road, Rockport, MA. The Long Beach seawall reconstruction consists of rebuilding
approximately 350-linear feet of existing seawall to restore it to its original function. Mitigation
measures will be included to increase the depth of the reinforced concrete seawall and provide a
reinforced concrete footing with sheet piling for scour protection. Additionally, concrete access
stairs at the southern end of the seawall will be relocated within Town boundaries, approximately
10-feet north of their current location. Reconstruction and upgrades similar to those above will
be completed on 43-linear feet of seawall adjacent to the stairs. One set of seasonal wooden
access stairs will be replaced in-kind.
The project is within a mapped special flood hazard area (100-year floodplain) coastal velocity
zone, and adjacent to marine wetlands. Any potential project impacts will be mitigated by
compliance with permit conditions issued by state and federal agencies.
The coastal structures are functionally dependent on their location in the floodplain and wetland,
as they protect public infrastructure and private property and provide access to the public beach
recreation area. The projects are being constructed substantially within their pre-disaster
footprint and will not result in loss of flood storage or diminish wetland resources. Alternatives
considered included no action and repairing the revetment without mitigation measures.
Comments about this project and its floodplain and wetland impacts can be submitted within 15
days of the date of this publication to:

Christian Paske, Environmental Protection Specialist
Federal Emergency Management Agency; (202) 704-1027