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Five Years After Sandy

October 29, 2017

Hurricane Sandy really was the “perfect storm.” She boasted a 1,150 mile diameter, 80 mph winds, and frolicked toward the east coast after an unexpected left turn. Befriending a full moon high tide, Sandy arrived in New York and New Jersey on October 29th, claiming a total of 149 lives and economic losses of $30 billion in New Jersey and $50 billion in New York.

In the five years since Sandy, it’s become evident that climate change is the most serious environmental challenge facing New York and New Jersey. As we have seen after recent storms (Hermine, Harvey, Irma), climate change is real and we don’t have time to kick the can down the road any longer. We have been urgently working with our colleagues, agencies, and elected officials to protect our coastal communities and ecological resources from future storms and sea level rise.

NY/NJ Baykeeper is implementing natural resiliency measures and advocating against improper land development in an effort to mitigate flooding and erosion. NY/NJ Baykeeper is working with Rutgers University and Naval Weapons Station Earle to monitor the first living shoreline in Raritan Bay using oysters. The 0.91 acre living shoreline is expected to reduce storm energy and soil erosion in our urban estuary. Oyster castles (concrete structures the oysters will live on) are being used to construct the living shoreline. NY/NJ Baykeeper staff is also working on monitoring the Living Breakwater Rebuild by Design project off of the south shore of Staten Island, NY.

Our elected leaders must act on climate change. Our changing shoreline can thrive economically and ecologically if we work together to protect it. Learn more here: www.nynjbaykeeper.org.