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Mary Bellis

Reinventing After Sandy

By November 11, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy in NYC

Hurricane Sandy has cost Americans by estimates between 20 to 50 billion dollars in damages. Beyond doing repairs, on the table there is now prevention and improvement work  necessary to upgrade  infrastructures to withstand new weather patterns and raising ocean levels. There are now discussions about building sea gates around New York City and New Jersey to protect against storm surges, which seemed destined to continue. However, sea gates would cost about 10 billion dollars to build, cost money to maintain, would negatively impact the environment, and could fail. Thankfully, other greener and more innovative solutions are being discussed as well.

Alternative solution being discussed include: increasing areas of low-lying areas next to the sea which could include added wetlands and tidal salt marshes combined with coast line parks as a buffer zone; new designs in roadways which would be better designed for drainage and water runoff and include absorbent materials; and even the creation of artificial reefs and oyster beds.

Additional ideas being discussed include a smarter electrical grid that would decrease the likelihood of blackouts occurring. I've included two articles from the web that discuss these new ideas in detail. Let's all start thinking outside of the box and find innovative answers to the problems of climate change. Photo Courtesy Mconnors & Morguefiles

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