FEMA Contractors will survey Lake Ontario shoreline June 22 – 26

OSWEGO COUNTY – Fifty-six locations along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Oswego County will be surveyed and photographed during the week of June 22 through 26 as part of a study being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA is preparing new coastal studies and risk analysis for Oswego County, and engineers from a private contractor, Risk Assessment Mapping and Planning Partners (RAMPP), are performing land use reconnaissance surveys of the Lake Ontario shoreline to gather data.

“In order to facilitate the coastal analysis, conditions along the shoreline are needed in order to accurately estimate flood hazards,” said Jeff Gangai, RAMPP Coastal Engineer. “Information such as types of vegetation, presence of structure, and shoreline or beach conditions will be collected along with photographs.”

Engineers employed by RAMPP and its subcontractors will make every effort to stay on public land and right-of-ways; however, it may be necessary for engineers to enter privately-owned property for short times to gather survey information.

“Engineers will make every attempt possible to contact the homeowner in advance and seek permission,” said Gangai. “The engineers will respect the homeowner’s property and will not interfere with their use of it. Upon request, the engineers will identify themselves by driver’s license and letter of introduction.”

A map showing access points and the area of study is posted on the Oswego County website at http://www.oswegocounty.com/planning/fema.pdf.

Those with questions or concerns may contact Gangai at (703) 849-0251 or Alan Springett, FEMA Region II Regional Project Officer, at (212) 680-8557.