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Conn’s interest in berms, dunes grows after Sandy

November 3, 2013 • Business


In this Oct. 16, 2013 photo, Paige Herman, president of the Fairfield Beach Residents Association, poses in front of her house on the beach in Fairfield, Conn. The association is giving away thousands of plants to encourage residents to create or expand sand dunes, and Herman thinks the little dune in front of her house likely prevented even worse damage than she suffered during Superstorm Sandy. The growing interest in building berms and dunes faces obstacles, including concerns about obstructed views in a swath of land with some of the nation’s priciest real estate. (AP Photo/John Christoffersen)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Devastating flooding from Superstorm Sandy has sparked growing interest in building berms and sand dunes for protection along the Connecticut coast, a swath of land with some of the nation’s priciest real estate where officials say obstacles include concerns about obstructed views.

Bridgeport, Fairfield, Milford, Stamford and West Haven are among the municipalities exploring dunes or earthen berms to prevent flooding. The state is interested as well, said Brian Thompson, director of the Office of Long Island Sound Programs for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

“I think as part of an overall protective system, it’s something we are very interested in Login to read more

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