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The Plan to Save New York From the Next Sandy Will Ruin the Waterfront. It Doesn't Have To.


Published in The New York Times June 15, 2023

Written by Robert Yaro, Metro Flood Defense Board Member, and Daniel Gutman, Storm Surge Working Group Member


Last September, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers unveiled its proposal to protect the greater New York and New Jersey metro area from the next catastrophic flood. It is an epic plan that includes dozens of miles of floodwalls, levees and berms along the shoreline and 12 storm surge barriers - arrays of movable gates - across entrances to the waterways throughout the region. The plan is estimated to cost a staggering $52.6 billion. It's by far the most expensive project ever proposed by the Corps.


The trouble is that despite its great ambitions, the Corps' plan demonstrates the shortcomings of relying on massive shoreline structures for flood protection...



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