Army Corps proposes constructing hurricane barriers across the NY Harbor to stop flooding

NEW YORK – In response to intensifying hurricanes that have hit the New York and New Jersey coastal region in recent years, the U.S. Army Corps is proposing a handful of measures to reduce the risk of storm damage. The proposals include constructing barriers, either in-water or land-based, and floodwalls that would stretch over 2,000 square miles across New York Habor to protect the area’s waterfront neighborhoods.

The first proposal presentation by Army Corps has happened today in Borough of Manhattan Community College in Tribeca. They showed the five possible options of safeguarding the territory surrounding Hudson river, including New York and New Jersey territory. They also presented the plan of their work comprising 14 steps, 5 of which have been already accomplished. The Army Corps representative made a special emphasis on the scale of the project—because it’s so big, they will be accepting input from all those interested in the project, not just during the usual 30 days, but much longer, maybe even into the construction phase.

Riverkeeper, a local organization dedicated to protecting the Hudson River, already said storm surge barriers “threaten the very existence of the Hudson as a living river.” In an article on its website, the organization says: “From Day One, these offshore barriers would start to restrict the tidal flow, contaminant and sediment transport, and migration of fish. They would impede the tidal “respiration” of the river. We fear that a slow death would be inflicted on the river, and that in time, the barriers would slowly, but surely, strangle the life out of the river as we know it.”

Further meeting dates, times and locations:

Tuesday, July 10th, 3-5 PM at Rutgers University-Newark Campus, PR
Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Essex Room. 350 Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102

Tuesday, July 1st, 6-8 PM (duplicate session)

Wednesday, July 11th, 6-8 PM at the Hudson Valley Community
Center in Poughkeepsie, Auditorium Room. 110 South Grand Avenue,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Questions and comments may be submitted to Nancy J. Brighton, Chief, Watershed Section, Environmental Analysis Branch, Planning Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, Room 2151, NY 10279-0090, or via email to: NYNJHarbor.TribStudy@usace.army.mil. (917) 790- 8703.

You can see posters from the meeting here.

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