Superstorm Earthen Barriers

December 26, 2012 - 1:33 PM
In this Dec. 8, 2012 photo, the Richard P. Kane Wetland Mitigation Bank, a long barrier wall made of large baskets filled with sand and dirt, runs through the Meadowlands in Moonachie, N.J. The barrier was built primarily to control the movement of tidewaters in and out of the wetlands area and not for flood protection. But since the tidal surge from Superstorm Sandy washed over it and damaged more than 2,000 homes and other buildings, attention has turned to what can be done to prevent similar river flooding in future storms. Unfortunately, however, no one seems to own the problem. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)