$119 Billion plan to protect NY/NJ from another Sandy raises concerns over impact, cost

New York Harbor, Manhattan

SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Despite its enormous price tag and concerns about its environmental impact, the federal government is still considering a project to build a series of barriers to protect New York and North Jersey from storm surges like the one from Superstorm Sandy in 2012 that devastated the region.

The proposals — including a 6-mile series of tide gates and sea walls from Sandy Hook in New Jersey to Breezy Point, Queens — have generated so much criticism that a national environmental group on Tuesday named the Hudson River the second-most-threatened waterway in the U.S. because of the potential project …

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