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02/17/2011

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Andrew Hall

What are your opinions on the MOSE project? Will it work? Will it start in 2012?

Durant and Cheryl Imboden

I think the MOSE project is a good idea. Some people think it's a radical solution, but it's less radical than turning the Venetian Lagoon into a lake (another solution that has been proposed), and it isn't nearly as radical as, say, the Dutch approach to water management and land reclamation.

MOSE won't protect Venice from low to moderate flood tides, because that would require closing the lagoon so often that the Port of Venice would be put out of business. However, it should offer protection against the severe (and destructive) acqua alta tides that inundate Venice several times in a typical year--and which are likely to become a bigger problem in the future due to subsidence and rising sea levels.

Last I heard, the MOSE flood-control project was expected to be complete by 2014.

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