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## BOWLINE POINT PARK:

Exercise Worksheet

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EXERCISE ANSWER SHEET: BOWLINE POINT PARK

Use this answer sheet, the accompanying information sheets, spatial data and the larger
format maps.

TABLE NUMBER OR GROUP NAME:

GROUP MEMBERS:

RECORDER NAME:

1. Becoming Familiar with Your Site and Scenario {12 minutes}
Objective: Understand the site location, geography and existing shoreline.

Read the two documents which describe the site:
1. Introduction and Habitat (Section A)
2. Site Description (Section B)

A. Discuss what the site is like and what the future use needs are with others at your
table so you familiarize yourself with the site. Identify key places on the large
format map.

2. Aquatic Habitat {7 minutes}
Objective: be familiar with sources of aquatic habitat information.

Use the habitat information in Section A or the Map Package Pdf or ArcReader. Sketch on the
large format map, the location of AT LEAST ONE of the habitat types that are in the vicinity of

A. Documented Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) beds
B. Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Boundaries
C. Hudson River Estuary Tidal Wetlands (2007)
D. Wetlands (National Wetland Inventory)
E. NYS regulated wetlands

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3. Ice {6 minutes}

Objective: Understand that ice is a cause of erosion and that there are some data available.

A. Use the Hudson River Ice Climatology Data on page C-4.

Find the probability distribution for ice
thickness.
95th percentile ___________
maximum ice thickness

4. Physical Forces {10 minutes}
Objective: Be aware of the physical forces geo-spatial data.

A. Using the spatial data for physical forces*, find the following maximum values
for one cell on the site and fill in the table below. (See pages C-2 and C-3 and the

* Physical forces data are based on the results of a numerical model based on environmental
conditions simulated for the year 2010.

Hydrodynamic Modeling Data
Cell ID
Water Level
Eastward Depth-Averaged Current Velocity
Northward Depth-Averaged Current Velocity
Depth-Averaged Current Speed (Magnitude)
Bottom Shear Velocity Squared
Significant Wave Height

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B. Discuss:
a. How would you use the physical forces information to help design a
shoreline?
b. Can the physical forces information help you consider a softer design?
How?

5. Process: Balancing Shoreline Protection and Planning for Sea Level Rise
{15 minutes}

Objectives:
Understand the full costs of shoreline protection
Consider sea level rise
Consider the balance between providing for human use, erosion protection,
ecological enhancement, habitat and keeping costs down

Current Conditions: Bowline Point Park has a 1,300 feet shoreline on the eastern
shore of the point. The shoreline stretches from the southern tip, to the oil unloading
pier at the northeastern End. The shore consists mostly of rip-rap with 3 gabions that
extend about 40 feet into the river.

Hypothetical Site Scenario: The Town of Haverstraw is worried about land loss due to
erosion along the eastern shoreline of Bowline Point. They would like to protect the
shoreline before any more land is lost. The Point will continue to be used as a park. Uses
include fishing and toe-in-water access as well as a beach for swimming at the southern
end of the Point. The park layout will remain the same.

Budget: \$6,000,000 for seventy years.

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Use the following to complete this exercise:

1. the information presented today
2. Sea Level Rise information (Section D, large format map and online)
3. the Ecological Brochure
4. summary table from Rella and Miller 2012a, Engineered Approaches for Limiting
Erosion along Sheltered Shorelines: A Review of Existing Methods. (Section E)
5. excerpt and table from Rella and Miller 2012b, Comparative Cost Analysis of Ten
Shore Protection Approaches at Three Sites Under Two Sea Level Rise Scenarios)
(Section E)

QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION:

A. Given the physical conditions, habitat and human use priorities of the site, what
should you take into account to come up with a solution that is reasonable and
necessary for the site?
B. Which of the 10 suggestions of how to ecologically enhance a shoreline would you
work toward? [See ecological brochure]
C. How would you maximize the ecological enhancement of the shoreline at your site
and plan for the next seventy years?
D. Discuss the feasibility, maintenance, cost, and monitoring considerations.
E. Which combinations of treatments would work best with different areas of
shoreline?

Write your responses here and draw sketches, if any, on the large format map and flip
chart.