Rockaway Dune Restoration Project

has brought together government agencies and local community organizations to work on creating a natural protective buffer along our shoreline while providing employment opportunities for youth to gain valuable hands-on experience for the next generation of environmental stewards

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The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) led the first youth-led initiative to build a protective buffer for shoreline protection in Queens, New York City.

The Dune Restoration Project has employed hundreds of local young people in planting over 800 trees, 30,000 sprigs of beach grass and an inventory of trees and plants along the entire 82 acre Arverne East Dune Preserve.

An important aspect of the project involved creating a secondary dune of non-invasive, native salt-tolerant trees, shrubs and grasses along the Arverne shoreline. With the advisory support of the US Forest Service, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development as well as Arverne East developers, local community residents and schoolchildren played a key role in driving this shoreline conservation effort in an area that suffered greatly during Hurricane Sandy.

RWA is grateful for generous support for the restoration provided by the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, President Obama's Youth Initiative Award through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), US Department of Interior, NYC Department of Environmental Protection and the Pinkerton Foundation.

Check our calendar for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities to help take part in an upcoming planting event.  


Success Stories:

Meet Gale

Gale is the parent of two elementary school children who have taken part in the RWA Aqua 101 Summer Program for three consecutive years. Gale has seen a real impact on her children's lives through RWA programs. Hear more about Gale's story.