building a wall isn't going to prevent much of anything. the reason many trees and other plants are planted in areas that have been devastated is because those are better than any wall at buffering a storm. the walls foundation would eventually give and there would be a more devastating surge because people would've had a false sense of security.
there are too many environmental factors to prevent this from being a good reality.
Trees & wetlands should be part of our plan to protect Staten Island, along with other measures because none are perfect by themselves. Sea surge barriers can & do prevent damage. Are they 100% no, but how many things in life are? To not even TRY to protect Staten Islands low lying coast after all we have been through would be a pathetic and sad reflection on our city. A sea wall should have been built years ago when it was first suggested and perhaps a number of Staten Islanders would...
Trees & wetlands should be part of our plan to protect Staten Island, along with other measures because none are perfect by themselves. Sea surge barriers can & do prevent damage. Are they 100% no, but how many things in life are? To not even TRY to protect Staten Islands low lying coast after all we have been through would be a pathetic and sad reflection on our city. A sea wall should have been built years ago when it was first suggested and perhaps a number of Staten Islanders would still be with us & less homes would be damaged, less people devastated & displaced. Even many Staten Island pets lost in the surge may still be with us. Failure to act now means responsibility for future lives lost as well as future damage to Staten Island.
In new dorp on cedar grove there is a big piece of land with loads of trees that block most of cedar grove ave to the beach and new dorp got alot more damage than midland beach where I live and New dorp was flooded almost up to Mill. Did the trees help. I dont know, I wasnt there when the storm surge came in but all I know is that it still flooded with or without the trees.
I was here for the surge in Midland beach & the water came from Midland beach and also from Newdorp beach/Cedar grove. I never thought the water would make it across Miller field but it did. We already do have lots of parks & trees here. Giving some land back to mother nature will help some but to really secure our coastline we need to do everything we can. As people struggle to rebuild we just want to feel like our city is at least trying to protect us.
Serious thought should be given to developing a plan to prevent future devastation. A sea wall could be considered as an option, but to do nothing and wait until the next storm surge would be illogical, inhumane, costly and careless!
http://statenisland.ny1.com/content/special_reports/fighting_the_tide/176911/ny1-web-extra--fighting-the-tide--part-ii Is an excellent video series on this issue.
Lets do this by the end of this week
walls cant stop the rain...
Long over due...and new infrastructure ...building codes
I think it a great idea
I guess a wall will work for a while, but with sea levels on the rise, depopulation of certain areas seems to be the smarter and eventual solution to the problem. Actually, they better start thinking about a wall around Manhattan too!
See wall? I agree with your cause, I think it would be better to use that money to hellp the victems of sandy who got screwed by our goverment and insurance companys,the water surge as they call it was 32 ft high which we have never witnessed before so I don't think a sea wall would have helped
if this is going to help future disasters why not just do it why wait until a disaster strikes don't make sense to wait do it now.