400 years ago the Dutch pulled dry land from the sea, using ingenious wind-driven pumps and water channels. Today, the little Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the dyke is facing a new era of rising tides. So he’s expanding canals and creating side channels for all the extra water.
The Dutch earn over 16 billion Euros a year managing water worldwide. So when Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012 with a 70 billion dollar repair bill, they called a Dutchman.
In coming years, artificial islands will protect the Long Island coast. And public spaces will circle the Manhattan waterfront – complete with slide-down panels, for when things get nasty.
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