Kate Hinds is an Associate Producer for WNYC News. She also reports for WNYC and Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project that combines the work of multiple newsrooms to provide coverage of how we build, rebuild and get around the nation.
Sea Walls, Wetlands, and Porous Streets: Designing a Storm-Proof New York City
Monday, November 12, 2012 - 02:40 PM
Would a $20 billion sea wall, stretching from Sandy Hook to the Rockaways, have prevented damage done to New York by Hurricane Sandy's storm surge?
Engineer Fletcher Griffis, speaking on Monday's Brian Lehrer Show, says yes -- "but gosh knows what it will do to the ecology in New York Bay."
Other ideas kicked around during the interview: porous roadways that could reduce flooding, increased wetlands, and "soft" solutions like zoning changes and ending subsidies for flood insurance.
Listen to the interview below. And check out a data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau about population growth near the coastline.