Billions in Costs, Decades of Work, Dozens of Questions: Scope of NY’s Coastal Defense Project Reflects the Scale of Local Risks

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A very preliminary artist’s rendering of what the surge barrier at the mouth of Jamaica Bay could look like.

Sometime in the summer of 2022, as the New York City area approaches the 10th anniversary of the death and destruction wrought by Superstorm Sandy, there will be a final proposal for a plan to protect the region’s coastline from the risk of catastrophic weather, a threat that will rise as climate change elevates global sea levels.

Depending on the course of action that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and governments on both sides of the Hudson agree on, it could be another nine years before their chosen defenses—maybe levees, floodwalls, tidal gates—are actually in place.

Relatively speaking, that’s the quick-fix option: The most ambitious plan on the table, which calls for the construction of a surge barrier covering the five miles of sea between Sandy Hook, N.J., and Breezy…

Original published: 2019-03-13 13:09:50 Read the full New York City News here


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