Feds are considering a proposal to create artificial islands for New Jersey that could hinder the impact of future hurricanes along the coast. The $12 billion idea is under heavy consideration from officials as they try to find new and innovative ways to protect the heavily populated region of the United States.
Remarking on the idea, New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology Alan Blumberg told reporters:
“We’ve discussed this with the governor’s office of Recovery and Resiliency and the Department of Environmental Protection, and they all look at me like, ‘Whoa! This is a big deal!’ Yes, it is a big deal. It can save lives and protect property.”
Called the Blue Dunes Proposal, the idea stems from a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development named Rebuild by Design. While there are many in favor of this idea, there are also nine other projects that the government is looking over and considering.
Blumberg, who helped build the proposal, explains that the artificial islands for New Jersey will be made specifically to blunt the force from aggressive storms and hurricanes like Sandy:
“How do you protect New Jersey and New York at the same time from the storm of the future? Our idea is to build a chain of islands, like a long slender banana. The wave action and storm surge will reflect off these islands and go back out to sea rather than hitting the coast. Barnegat Bay would not be pounded, nor would lower Manhattan or Hoboken.”
While the plan seems relatively simple enough, the huge project would have to include cooperation between numerous government agencies. Moreover, the placement of artificial islands may have an impact environmentally as it can displace oceanic species that currently inhabit the area.
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