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Sierra Club Leader Denounces Steel Sea Wall Project in Mantoloking, Brick

Temporary steel sea wall is removed in Mantoloking
Temporary steel sea wall is removed in Mantoloking
Calling the project "folly" and a "waste of money," Jeff Tittel director NJ Sierra Club denounced the federal government's announcement it would move forward with a steel sea wall on the beachfront of Mantoloking and Brick Township.

The Federal Highway Administration has approved a post-Superstorm Sandy  infrastructure protection project to construct and install four miles of steel sheet piling to be driven deep into the beaches in Mantoloking and Brick in what state DEP Commissioner Bob Martin has said will safeguard Route 35 and nearby homes and businesses from future catastrophic storms.

Tittel disagrees with Martin the project will be effective, and instead says it would make a bad situation worse:

"This project is a folly and a waste of money .We are repeating the failed policies of the past instead of making our coast more resilient. Sea walls not only do not work but they actually cause more damage. The walls raise water levels and the water moves around the wall making it worse in adjoining areas. Steel walls actually increase beach erosion as the waves first remove the sand then hit the walls scouring the sand back out to sea. Then with sand gone the storm surge will over top the wall. We need a holistic approach that includes restoring dunes and natural systems other wise all this work  will get destroyed in the next storm." Jeff Tittel director NJ Sierra Club.

The $36-million project is expected to go out to bid Jan. 22.

"This important project will help protect a narrow segment of coastline that was breached during Superstorm Sandy, resulting in substantial damage to property and lives in these towns and to this vital coastal roadway that is the key artery in this region," Commissioner Martin said in a prepared statement. "It is paramount that we lessen the vulnerabilities to future storms.''
Sean Conneamhe January 15, 2014 at 06:10 AM
"Lord, what fools these mortals be. You cannot fool Mother Nature..."
Joseph Bilotti January 15, 2014 at 07:39 AM
And what makes this Sierra guy environmental quack an expert on hurricanes? Does he know more than all the environmental storm engineers? Could anything be worse than what we had??? Thanks to whoever is responsible for getting this project. All the towns should do it!
bill wolfe January 15, 2014 at 09:25 AM
The problems are a lot broader than just this one project, see: CHRISTIE CLIMATE DENIAL IMPERILS SANDY RECOVERY FUNDS New Federal Rules Stress Climate Change Adaptation Missing from Jersey Policies http://www.peer.org/news/news-releases/2013/11/21/christie-climate-denial-imperils-sandy-recovery-funds/
howard carmen January 15, 2014 at 02:38 PM
steel pilings were probably his major in( liberal )arts!

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