“Living Shoreline” Plan Advances

Thomas Breen PhotoOkay, climate change — New Haven’s coast is going to be $8 million readier for you.

That’s the plan, at least.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) plans to send the $8 million to build two “living shorelines” in the Long Island Sound off of Long Wharf and off of East Shore Park.

The full Board of Alders needs to sign off on the deal.

This past Thursday night, the board’s City Services and Environmental Policy (CSEP) committee voted unanimously to recommend that final sign-off.

Before the vote, City Engineer Giovanni Zinn explained that the state funding will be used to reshape the shorelines off of both coastal parks to make the parks more naturally resilient to rising sea levels, storm surges, and other damaging incidents arising from climate change.

These “living shorelines” will use intertidal marshes, dunes, gently sloped approaches, native plants, and other manmade structures such as stone sills and imported materials to protect the parks’ shorelines against erosion.

And unlike seawalls, which remain permanently located where they are built, the ecosystem created by these “living shorelines” will migrate slowly as tidal levels change.

“It’s the future,” Zinn said, “resilient for climate change.” He said the state’s $8 million funding without any local matching required is a “show of faith from the state that we’re able to deliver projects of this type.”

He singled out the city’s recent construction of hundreds of bioswales as a prime example of its progress in building out climate change-resilient engineering projects.

There are no other “living shorelines” in the area, he said. The closest ones are in the Chesapeake Bay. He said the city hopes to start construction on these in 2019, and should need several months to build them out.

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posted by: wendy1 on February 14, 2019  8:19am

That 8 mill should be going to the school system period

posted by: wpasg on February 14, 2019  2:22pm

The DEEP and Connecticut should learn lessons from Holland. The piecemeal approach to the rise in sea level is not effective or inexpensive.
Strategically placed barriers are needed now to prevent the damage that has already been experienced during storms such as Sandy.
A movable barrier across New York Harbor teamed up with movable barriers across the Greenport Gut and Watch Hill Race can control the tides in Long Island Sound.
If a storm is expected the low tide of the Sound can be maintained by closing both barriers until the high tide has passed.

This would protect part of Rhode Island, the North Shore of New York State’s Long Island, The Shoreline of Connecticut, New York City, Westchester County Long Island Sound shoreline.

posted by: AMDC on February 16, 2019  4:09pm

Wendy1:  you are wrong.  NHPS wastes money like its going out of style. It is in the depths of the books and no one can find it.  If they do; they;ve got to go!  Not another penny unless there is complte transparency..        Students aren’t the only people living in NH.  There are other constituencies as well and the environment is the future of us all.

People:  don’t you get it?  The future of education is online and at home.  These massive building projects will be like dead woolly mammoths , rotting all over the cities and towns. The sooner we get with the program and return to EDUCATING;  rather than babysitting,  our budget can come back down to earth.  People are paying a lot of money for day care in the public schools.  Educate the kids at home.  Their parents can look after them and teach them to be human beings. Or not. That’s real freedom.