* * *
- Storm surge flood barriers being considered by the
* * *
American Rivers today named the
"The America's Most Endangered Rivers report is a call to action to save rivers that face a critical decision in the coming year," said
"We are already feeling the impacts of climate change in the Northeast, including storm-surge and sea-level rise, and it's only going to get worse. We have an opportunity on the Hudson to demonstrate how protecting public safety and river health should go hand-in-hand in an era of climate change."
"Abusing and degrading our rivers will make us more vulnerable to climate impacts. Protecting and restoring the river will make us better prepared to face future floods and safeguard communities," Shader said.
Ever more extreme weather events and rising sea levels, the predicted impacts of climate change, are threatening cities and communities on the
The gates of these massive in-water barriers would usually remain open for ships to pass, leaving communities vulnerable to flooding from sea level rise. In an era of changing climate, future major storms will undoubtedly overtop the offshore barriers, ending the limited protection they can provide. American Rivers and its partners called on the
"For the Hudson, the stakes in this decision cannot be overstated. These storm barriers pose a truly existential threat to the Hudson. We cannot - must not - allow these barriers to be built. The twice-daily tides are the essential respiration and the heartbeat of this living ecosystem. The mouth of the river must remain open and unrestricted, as it has been for millennia," said
"In-water storm surge barriers, despite costing endless billions, would not do a thing to protect against the daily flooding that would come with sea level rise - only against storms. They are only half a solution, and yet they threaten to cause permanent, catastrophic harm to the river. How do we protect against coastal flooding? Riverkeeper and our allies are demanding comprehensive, science-based, land-based solutions that will not harm the river."
"The entire Hudson Raritan Estuary is put at risk by these shortsighted resiliency plans that threaten to block the tidal flow and fish migrations in our waterways," NY/NJ Baykeeper Greg Remaud said. "The in-water barriers being considered by the
"Other communities and waterways along the
"We have come so far in our fight to restore the Hudson. We see generations of children on our Sloop every day eager to continue this progress. We must not allow a short-sighted decision by the
The annual America's Most Endangered Rivers(R) report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers' fates. Over the years, the report has helped spur many successes including the removal of outdated dams, the protection of rivers with Wild and Scenic designations, and the prevention of harmful development and pollution.
America's Most Endangered Rivers(R) of 2019
State and federal agencies must enforce laws that prohibit illegal levees, which increase flood risk for communities and degrade vital fish and wildlife habitat.
Local leaders must produce a flood protection plan that safeguards communities and restores habitat for chinook salmon -- fish that are essential to the diet of
The Japanese investment firm, DOWA, must do the responsible thing and back out of a mining project that could decimate native salmon.
Local leaders must use state-of-the-art science to craft a responsible development plan that protects this pristine stream.
2019's "River of the Year":
American Rivers celebrates the progress