Army Corps wants to build a massive 5-mile seawall to prevent against the next Sandy

New York Harbor, Manhattan

CASSIDY GROM and MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM – More than five years after Hurricane Sandy slammed ashore in 2012, government agencies are still spit-balling new ideas to protect New York Harbor and surrounding areas from the next massive storm.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers presented six proposals for flood and storm protection earlier this week at meetings in New Jersey and New York. The Army Corps developed the plans as part of a $19 million study, for which it partnered with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

Most of the proposals employ surge barriers that span large waterways or shoreline based measures like levees and seawalls, according to their presentation documents. The agencies are still in the early planning stages and have yet to analyze the potential construction costs, but conservation groups are already anxious about the proposals’ long-term impacts …

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