ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A colossal barrier with gates that open for ships is proposed to wall off New York Harbor from the Atlantic Ocean and protect the city from storm surges during severe coastal storms.
The offshore barrier is one of six proposals generated by a $19 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study launched following Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The Corps on Thursday announced three public meetings next week to explain the proposals and gather public input on what should be addressed in the environmental impact study.
All but two alternatives call for various configurations of in-water storm surge barriers. One proposal calls for only land-based protection such as levees, floodwalls, dunes and waterfront parks.
Public meetings are scheduled Monday in New York City, Tuesday in Newark and Wednesday in Poughkeepsie.
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