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Storm Surge Barriers

Storm surge barriersA 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 – giant ocean gates – would choke off tidal flow and the migration of fish – damaging the life of the Hudson River Estuary forever.

This is a critical time to speak out and prevent a short-sighted decision. Please attend one of eight public meetings in March and April. (Scroll down for the full list.)

• Next meeting is Tuesday, March 19, 5-7pm, Staten Island: Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY [RSVP with Riverkeeper so we know you’ll be there.]

Get informed and take action:


Above: Animation video of a design concept called the NYC Outer Harbor Gateway Storm Barrier. Below: maps showing six alternatives under consideration by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Coastal storm protection plans
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Public Meetings:

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Tuesday, March 12, Westchester: 5-7pm, Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains, NY RSVP
Wednesday, March 13, Canarsie: 5:30-7:30pm, South Shore Educational Complex, 6565 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn, NY RSVP
Tuesday, March 19, 5-7pm, Staten Island: Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY RSVP
Wednesday, March 27, Middletown NJ: 5-7pm, Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St., Middletown, NJ RSVP
Wednesday, April 3, Poughkeepsie: 5-7pm, Hudson Valley Community Center, 110 Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY RSVP
Tuesday, April 9, 5-7pm, Manhattan: Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY RSVP
Thursday, April 11, 5-7pm, Lyndhurst, NJ: Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, NJ RSVP
Wednesday, April 17, Bronx: 5-7pm, Hostos Community College, D Building/Savoy Manor Building, 120 East 149th St., 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY RSVP

Latest news on storm surge barriers:

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 NY: Would an enormous storm surge barrier save NYC’s coast—or destroy it?

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