Friday, July 6, 2018




Riverkeeper accuses Army Corps of fast-tracking storm surge barrier proposals

OSSINING – The environmental group Riverkeeper says U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding a series of meetings in New York and New Jersey with very little public information or advance notice on six plans for storm surge barriers.

The hearings are July 9 in New York City, July 10 in Newark and July 11 in Poughkeepsie. The Poughkeepsie hearing is at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Hudson Valley Community Center, 110 Grand Avenue.

According to a Riverkeeper release on Thursday: “The six alternatives are under consideration as part of the New York – New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries (NYNJHAT) Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, affecting more than 2,150 square miles – the shorelines of New York City, New York Harbor, northern New Jersey, western Connecticut and the Hudson up to Troy. The Army Corps has stated that it intends to “winnow down” the six alternatives to “one to two alternatives,” by mid-2018 – without a thorough review of the environmental impacts of each alternative and without meaningful public input and participation.”



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