Opportunity To Comment On Storm Surge Barriers And Expedited Environmental Review

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UPDATE: The deadline for comments has been extended from August 20th to SEPTEMBER 20, 2018.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is evaluating plans to mitigate coastal storm damage, several of which propose installing storm surge barriers throughout New York Harbor.

Our Executive Director, Michelle Smith, recently published a “Perspective” article, (click here for pdf) in the Putnam County News and Recorder in which she focuses on how the environmental review process, as defined by the National Environmental Policy Act, is being fast-tracked under new federal laws governing Army Corps flood mitigation projects. This could have dire consequences for the Hudson River and our region.

Anyone living near the Hudson River will be affected by this project. Please take the time to review the piece and write comments to the Army Corps BEFORE November 5,  asking for:

• An exception to the 3-year, $3 million limits on the feasibility study

• More public meetings throughout the Hudson Valley during the Scoping Process so that more people understand the proposals

• Studies on what you love most about the Hudson River, because it may be at risk.

• Studies on the environmental impacts of all five alternatives before arriving at a “shortlist”

To submit comments:

• Email comments to NYNJHarbor.TribStudy@usace.army.mil with the subject “Scoping Input”

• Visit the project website, click the “Contact” link in the upper right corner and add the subject “Scoping Input”

• Mail comments to: Nancy Brighton, Chief, Watershed Section, Environmental Analysis Branch, Planning Division; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; 26 Federal Plaza, Room 2151; New York, NY 10279-0090