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Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice
Trinity Church
March 23, 2017
www.NICHIusa.org
Rising Sea Levels, Extreme Storms and...
Super Storm Sandy
The Facts: NYC Impact of Super Storm Sandy
14 foot Storm Surge*
• 48 Deaths in NYC
• $19 Billion in Damages
• Over 150 hom...
Four Years Later….. Lest We Forget
The Facts don’t Tell the Whole Story
The Next Sandy?
It’s not a question of if, but When!
Current NY Flood Risk Map
Category 1-4 Hurricanes
The Solution
Local Projects Address Sea Level Rise
A Regional Storm Surge Barrier System Addresses Storm
Surge
Meeting the Challenge and Seizing the Opportunity of
Sea Level Rise, Extreme Storms and Aging
Infrastructure
The Alternati...
Join Me on My Ark
Is New York City as we know it worth saving?
Is New York City as we know it worth saving?
Is New York City as we know it worth saving?
Is New York City as we know it worth saving?
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Is New York City as we know it worth saving?

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Is New York City as we know it worth saving?

  1. 1. Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice Trinity Church March 23, 2017 www.NICHIusa.org Rising Sea Levels, Extreme Storms and Aging Infrastructure: “Is New York City as we know it worth saving?” The Case for a NY NJ Storm Surge Barrier System
  2. 2. Super Storm Sandy
  3. 3. The Facts: NYC Impact of Super Storm Sandy 14 foot Storm Surge* • 48 Deaths in NYC • $19 Billion in Damages • Over 150 homes and commercial buildings destroyed • 305,000 housing units damaged • Eleven million customers without power, internet • Lower Manhattan loses water, elevators, heat, subways • All car tunnels to Manhattan flooded except for Lincoln • Three NYC area international airports damaged and closed • Billions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage discharged • Bellevue Hospital Center Evacuated
  4. 4. Four Years Later….. Lest We Forget The Facts don’t Tell the Whole Story
  5. 5. The Next Sandy? It’s not a question of if, but When!
  6. 6. Current NY Flood Risk Map Category 1-4 Hurricanes
  7. 7. The Solution Local Projects Address Sea Level Rise A Regional Storm Surge Barrier System Addresses Storm Surge
  8. 8. Meeting the Challenge and Seizing the Opportunity of Sea Level Rise, Extreme Storms and Aging Infrastructure The Alternatives • Ignore the Reality of Scientific and Economic Data and Do Nothing • Retreat from the Sea and Abandon Centuries of Coastal Investment • Build Local Projects to Protect Only Selected Communities • Combine Local Seal Level Projects with a Regional Surge Barrier System • OR…….
  9. 9. Join Me on My Ark

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