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The Trump administration has reportedly frozen funding for hurricane barriers that were part of a study. The barriers were seen as costly and were being built around New York to potentially protect it from future storm surge.
According to The Hill:
A federal study aimed at protecting the New York and New Jersey waterfronts from rising sea levels and storm swells has been halted by the Trump administration.
The purpose of the study was to examine how New York and New Jersey residents can avert the kind of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The Army Corps of Engineers has overseen the $19 million, six-year research project since 2016. Four of the plans put together include developing retractable sea walls along the coast, and the fifth consists of building a surge barrier that would stretch from Sandy Hook, N.J., to the Rockaway Peninsula in New York.
The Army Corps of Engineers estimated the surge barrier could cost around $110 billion, according to the Post.
Chuck Schumer has spoken out publically against the administration’s decision.