Following Lowey’s Urging, Army Corps of Engineers Extends Public Comment Period on NY Harbor Storm-Surge Barrier Plans
WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has extended the public comment period on proposals to construct storm surge barriers in New York Harbor an additional 30 days to September 20, 2018, and is working to establish additional opportunities for communication with the public. The USACE’s decision follows a letter Lowey sent to the agency urging an extension of the public comment period and additional public meetings throughout the Hudson Valley.
“I’m pleased the Army Corps of Engineers has responded to our request and extended the public comment period an additional 30 days to give the public more time to learn about and weigh in on the storm-surge barrier proposals,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “As I’ve said before, a project of this significance must be fully understood by all who would be affected, and we must not rush into construction and permanent change to the nature of the river until we have public approval to proceed.”
In its response to Lowey, the USACE announced its intention to circulate a draft report later this year to provide an opportunity for public and agency consideration and comment.