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Storm Surge Barriers

storm Surge Barriers - Let the Hudson flowA threat to the very life of the Hudson & Harbor

“We welcome good, common-sense ideas to prevent massive flooding in our region. A 5-mile ‘sea barrier’ is not one of them.”
– Editorial, The Record (N.J.)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering several options for coastal storm protections in our region, and some of these options would have catastrophic consequences for the Hudson and New York Harbor. Specifically, storm surge barriers across the mouth of the Hudson – giant ocean gates – would choke off tidal flow and the migration of fish – damaging the life of the Hudson River Estuary forever.

Together we’ve achieved legislation to foster better strategies. Now we need to ensure that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will put these better ideas into practice as Congress intended.

Riverkeeper is currently reviewing a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement released by the Army Corps September 23, 2022.

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Verrazano barrier concept
Above: Conceptual rendering of a storm surge barrier across the Verrazano Narrows, a component of “Alternative 3A” under consideration by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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News coverage:

Earth Island Journal: To Protect New York City, Listen to the River
Gothamist: “Unprecedented and Dangerous”: Trump Administration Halts NYC’s Most Important Climate Resiliency Study

New York Times: The $119 Billion Sea Wall That Could Defend New York … or Not
Yale Environment 360: Could Massive Storm Surge Barriers End the Hudson River’s Revival?
Curbed New York: Surveying the ‘existential threat’ posed by New York’s massive storm surge barrier
Crain’s New York Business: The end of the Hudson as we know it?
Hudson Valley Magazine: A Rise in Hurricanes May Cost Us the Hudson River

AP: Army Corps Sets Meetings to Outline New York Flood Proposals
E&E Climatewire: Feds are planning ‘insane’ flood projects for N.Y.
WNYC: Army Corps Proposes Giant Hurricane Barrier Across New York Bay
WAMC Northeast Public Radio: Army Corps meeting on managing storm risk raises concerns
UK Daily Mail: Army wants to build massive FIVE MILE seawall in New York harbor to prevent another Hurricane Sandy
Nyack News & Views: Earth Matters: A Death Threat for the Hudson River
Times Union: Ocean storm gates for NYC called threat to Hudson River
The Villager Newspaper: Anti-flood plan surging ahead too fast, many activists say
Curbed New York: Would an enormous storm surge barrier save NYC’s coast—or destroy it?

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