The US Army Corps of Engineers' $52B plan, unveiled in September, to protect NYC and low-lying areas of northern New Jersey from storm surges by building 12 huge sea gates along the waterfront and in inland waterways is drawing opposition from a coalition of environmental groups.

Ten organizations, banding together under the rubric NYC and NJ Urban Tributaries Working Group, made public a 14-page letter last week specifying their concerns about the plan.

The group says the plan, which the Army Corps began developing in 2016, is too narrowly focused on storm surges and does not address rising sea levels.

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