Keep the Hudson River Flowing!
The Hudson River Estuary, heartbeat of New York City, is a biologically rich tidal system that provides essential habitat for many species of fish and wildlife. In response to Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is studying options to build storm surge barriers – essentially, massive sea walls with gates, separating the Hudson River and New York Harbor from the Atlantic Ocean.
These walls could act like virtual dams, restricting the natural tidal flow of this rich estuary and blocking migrations of fish and wildlife, including endangered Atlantic sturgeon. With gates left open for shipping except in storms, they would do nothing to protect communities against eventual flooding from sea level rise associated with climate change.
Please join us in reaching out to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and demand a more comprehensive approach that can protect against both storms and sea level rise and does not harm the magnificent Hudson River.