Saturday, July 14, 2018

River Watch

Photo: Allison Dunn|WAMC
On Wednesday, July 11, a scoping session took place in Poughkeepsie. It was the last of five held by the Army Corps of Engineers on its plans to manage storm risk in New York Harbor. Of the first four scoping sessions, two were held in New York City and two in New Jersey. 

The Army Core of Engineers is considering six conceptual plans to manage storm risk, ranging from storm surge barriers to levees to natural and shoreline solutions. According to John Lipscomb of Riverkeeper, two of those plans--"Alternative 2, which is the Sandy Hook to Rockaway barrier, or Alternative 3A, which is the Verrazano and Throgs Neck and Arthur Kill barrier"--would be disastrous for the Hudson River. In a report on the meeting by Allison Dunn for WAMC, Lipscomb says, "If those are the finalists, essentially what we said to the Hudson River is, 'How do you want to die, firing squad or hangman's noose?'"

The entire report on WAMC can be read and heard by clicking here.

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