Plan to protect NYC from flooding sparks concerns

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The Army Corps of Engineers is set to unveil plans to build barriers designed to protect New York City from severe storms.

However, some say the construction would put thousands of species at risk of extinction.

John Lipscomb, with Riverkeeper, took News 12 onto the Hudson River to show why he has concerns about some of the concepts in the plan, including closing off the river at the mouth.

“You’re basically putting a plastic bag over the river’s head,” he told News 12

He says the Hudson River is an estuary for many species from the Atlantic Ocean, including those that are endangered.

“Putting that kind of a barrier with that massive of a restriction of passage to and from the Atlantic could mean recovery of some of the species, which we hope for – or a local extinction,” says Lipscomb. 

The Corps announced three public meetings next week in Manhattan, New Jersey and Poughkeepsie.

State Sen. Terrence Murphy said in a statement that a project of this scope and impact deserves more meetings.

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