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10 ideas chosen for coastal shields in NY, NJ

11-14-13

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal officials have selected 10 winners in an international design competition aimed at finding ways to better protect the coast from the kind of catastrophic flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy.

The projects include an array of strategies for keeping rising seas at bay.

One calls for an 8-mile system of dikes around parts of Manhattan.

Another would construct natural breakwaters off the shore of Staten Island.

A third would create a ring of water-trapping canals and parks for Hoboken, N.J.

The 10 projects were selected by U.S. Housing and urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan from a pool of 41 submitted last month by teams of nearly 200 experts.

There is no guarantee that any of the proposals will become a reality.