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This week on the Daily Beat: Malcolm Bowman, an oceanography professor at Stony Brook University on Long Island talking about his plan to create a storm barrier to protect New York City against Climate Change.
Today on the Daily Beat, Thursday April 14, 2016: Our continued conversation with Bowman about the storm barrier he has been promoting that would stretch five miles across the entrance to New York Harbor from Sandy Hook, New Jersey, to Far Rockaway, Queens. The water there is only 20 to 25 feet deep, except for shipping lanes in the 65-foot deep Ambrose Channel. A second smaller barrier would be needed in the upper East River.
The price, $35 billion for a barrier alone, would be cheaper than the cost of Sandy’s damage, he said. The barrier between Sandy Hook and Far Rockaway could also function as a toll road that would help pay for the cost and act as a bypass for traffic coming up the East Coast to John F. Kennedy International Airport and Long Island. Marinas could line the protected inner side.
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