Water levels rising in New York

January 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm (Environment) ()

In the New York harbor water levels have been rising and they are going to rise another 2 to 5 inches over the next 20 years. This is  going to put places like lower Manhattan in danger to flooding. To combat that the state made a report to put up defenses against floods and storms but  Adam Freed, deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability isn’t going along with these plans. In the article it said, “Those proposals and others the state is recommending “have the potential to add substantial costs and time to development projects and infrastructure investments,” Freed said in a Dec. 14 letter to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which is spearheading the sea level plan. “Implementing these measures without a thorough understanding of the cost and time implications or the scope of their reach is premature,” Freed added.” He also went on to say that the defenses will restrict the development of the city and hurt the regions economy. After he sent this to the  Department of Environmental Conservation they made some changes to their draft report and put out a final report Dec. 31. In the article it said, “The public and its governments must be invested in meeting the challenge of sea level rise. The challenge is real, and sea level rise will progress regardless of New York’s response.” The report covers the entire New York State but talks about the places that are most likely to be flooded like New York city. To protect the subways and trains they will use physical barriers. Places like New York city have a 1% chance to get flooded every year and soon something will have to be done about the sea levels.

 http://www.dnainfo.com/20110103/downtown/rising-sea-levels-has-city-state-at-odds

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