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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Redesigning our coast to hold back a hurricane
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Henk Ovink, the director-general of national spatial planning and water affairs in the Netherlands, is currently advising the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on how to rebuild the coast to better withstand a hurricane.

No single project could give the U.S. the level of coastal fortification that the Netherlands has, but it would be a start, Ovink noted. “If you do this on a regional scale, your region will be safer and more resilient,” he said. “Every dollar is worth four if you do it in a more resilient way. We want innovation. It’s the next standard. It’s not the standard that we have now.”

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