Over 150 teams submitted proposals to make the NY / NJ region more resilient, ten finalists were selected and the winning six designs were announced yesterday by HUD Secretary Sean Donovan. This finishes a year an a half long process where HUD promised to create areas where the rebuilding was not business as usual.
Congrats to all the winners, there are some terrific, very forward-thinking designs in there. We have to admit we are a little disappointed that nothing along the Jersey Shore was selected. Story on NJ.com by Erin O’Neill of the Star Ledger
Despite its “mom and apple pie” reputation, there are many coastal dwellers and users who do not thing beach replenishment is so great. In this edition – anglers. AP story by Wayne Parry here. We find it interesting because the Army Corps personnel have already said beachfill alone is unsustainable with the current rate of sea level rise.
As a country below sea-level, the Netherlands has been dealing with water issues for centuries. In the 1950’s they began building the Delta Works, a series of massive barriers built to protect against the 10,000-year storm. They have stopped doing that since they don’t believe it is possible anymore in the face of sea level rise. They have re-thought their approach which is now to let the water in and live with the water. Henk Ovik was in charge of this in the Netherlands and was brought to the US to guide the Rebuild by Design competition. More on the man in the NY Times from April 9, 2014 by Russell Shorto http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/magazine/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world.html
Well it is that time of the year again, when towns get their beaches and infrastructure ready for the summer season. Smart towns put concessions stands and whatever else they can on wheels and take them out of harm’s way in the late Fall and Winter when the worst storms happen. The best example we can find is Continue reading “Mobile Beach Infrastructure, the Future of the Jersey Shore”
Rebuild by Design is a federally supported design competition to make the coasts more resilient. An Associated Press story by Wayne Parry highlights one proposal here.
But don’t just focus in on this one design, there are many proposals, all vying to move off the design table and become a reality, viewable here. Attend the ceremonies announcing the winning designs listed here.
Rebuild by Design will be holding an event in Asbury Park to bring the City together around the idea of resiliency. The event will prepare the City for real planning that will make Asbury Park better able to handle the next big storm.
Come join us on March 22nd for a parade that will bring Asbury together, from West to East and highlight examples of resiliency, ending with a party at Langosta Lounge, 12 Noon to 4PM.
We expect a massive amount of sand to be the federal government’s response to Hurricane Sandy in NJ. But the problems associated with beachfill are well documented; see the Costs of Beachfill section of this article. In some cases, beachfill keeps people from coming to the beach, because beachfill destroyed what they enjoyed about the beach. Be it fishing, safe swimming, wading, surfing or just enjoying a natural beach. Here is the latest threat to fishing and a way of life in Margate NJ, covered by the Press of Atlantic City’s Elisa Lala. Continue reading “Beachfill in Margate could put Fishing Pier out of Business”
This NY Times articles by Justin Gillis, is not only about sea level rise, but also about land subsidence, which is inconveniently most pronounced in the US on the Eastern Seaboard. The subject is dealt with in the film Shored Up through Rutgers Professor Ben Horton’s description of the phenomenon. Here is the NY Times’ take from January 13, 2014.
Here is a powerful reason to Rethink the entire Coast. Imagine whole neighborhoods and communities falling apart. The cost of not thinking before we develop is high. If people are flooded and they are not in a position to rebuild right away, whole neighborhoods could be lost. Maybe this is a neighborhood that should be bought out. Original article in the Press of Atlantic City January 4, 2014 by Donna Weaver. I would skip the video though.
There is a documentary about beach replenishment called Shored Up. It was reviewed in Variety magazine recently, and in the Village Voice and the New York Times in recent months. The biggest take away concept from the film is summed up in one quote. Continue reading “Beach Replenishment Film”