Category Archives: Tri-State

NICHI Marches With New Yorkers On Super Storm Sandy Fifth Anniversary

On Saturday, October 28, NICHI gathered with thousands of New Yorkers in Brooklyn for the #Sandy5 march to remember those we lost in Super Storm Sandy five years ago, and to stand with the victims of the devastating storms that hit Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the Caribbean this hurricane season.

The march, led by young people of color from the communities that were hardest hit by Sandy, proceeded from Cadman Plaza over the Brooklyn Bridge to the Alfred E. Smith Houses in Lower Manhattan.

The National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure and the NY NJ Storm Surge Working Group were among 150 participating local organizations, including the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, the People’s Climate Movement, the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development and the New York Immigration Coalition.

On Superstorm Sandy Anniversary, New York is Ranked Most Vulnerable U.S. City
(Newsweek, October 29)

With more superstorms predicted, there’s a dream project to keep New York above water
(Quartz, October 29)

Storm Surge Barrier Recognized As Regional Solution

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Metropolitan Transportation Authority sponsor Storm Surge Working Group Coastal Resiliency Boat Tour


Boat Tour Media Coverage:

City isn’t prepared for next Sandy, leaders pushing storm surge barrier say
(AM New York, October 11)

Making a Pitch, Again, for Barriers to Block Storm Surges
(New York Times, October 10)

Nearly 5 Years After Hurricane Sandy, Experts Say Tri-State Is Vulnerable To Another Storm
(CBS New York, October 10)

Storm Surge; Sandy Five Years Later
(Downtown Magazine, October 11)

Boat Tour Examines Resiliency of Shoreline Post-Sandy
(NJTV News for PBS, October 10)

Coastal Resiliency and Storm Surge Barrier Boat Tour: October 10

Commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of Super Storm Sandy

Presented by:
The NY NJ Metropolitan Storm Surge Working Group
The National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure

Departing Chelsea Piers aboard the Classic Harbor Lines Yacht “Manhattan II”
Pier 62, West 22nd & the Hudson River

Tuesday, October 10, 2017  10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us as Scientists, Engineers, Urban Planners and other experts narrate a NYC waterfront view of the impacts of Sandy and how the NY NJ Metropolitan Regional Storm Surge Barrier would provide a “layered defense” protecting the city and 820 miles of NYC Metro coastline for the next 100 years or more.

Sponsor: $10,000
Co-Sponsor: $2,500
Ticket: $500

Tickets can be purchased by credit card donations HERE.

Please contact Bill Golden ( to become a Boat Tour Sponsor.

Summary of Proceedings of the NY-NJ-LI Storm Surge Barrier Conference

Marriott Downtown Hotel, New York May 18, 2017

On May 18, 2017, the National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure (NICHI) and the Metro New York-New Jersey Storm Surge Working Group (SSWG) convened a day-long conference, “Keeping the Water Out and the Lights On” at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Lower Manhattan.

The conference co-sponsors included the Port Authority of NY & NJ, Regional Plan Association, New Jersey Future, The Waterfront Alliance, Cameron Engineering and Associates, Chelsea Piers, Waterside Plaza, Manhattan Borough President, The Alliance for Downtown New York, the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association, Stony Brook University, Columbia University, and Society for American Military Engineers, Howard Hughes Corp., Standard and Poors, Goldman Sachs and others.

The conference focused on the urgent need to investigate the role that a regional system of movable surge barriers could play in creating layered defense to protect the metropolitan area from storm surges and sea level rise. This system would be designed to work in tandem with planned local barriers and other strategies.

Tri-State Coastal Resiliency Leaders


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