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The proposed necklace of breakwaters includes a “reef street,” and micro-pockets that would be used as habitats for finfish, shellfish and lobsters. This infrastructure consisting of programmed water hubs would be complemented by the Billion Oyster Project and empower local schools with science, education and access.

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The necklace would be located along the South Shore and would act as a buffer against wave damage, flooding and erosion. A myriad of water-based activities would take place behind the Living Breakwaters, including programs suggested by the local community. Although the project was designed with Staten Island in mind, its south shore in particular, it could also be applicable in other waterfront communities faced with similar security issues.

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