Superstorm Sandy washed away beaches and sent raw sewage and diesel fuel into waterways, leaving an environmental repair bill for New York and New Jersey exceeding $100 million.
The harm to wildlife and habitats probably will be extensive given the strength and duration of the storm, Larry Ragonese, press director for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, said yesterday in an interview.
"We've lost beaches," Ragonese said. “We’ve lost dunes. We’ve lost wetlands. We’ve lost habitat for endangered species. The environmental impacts are tremendous.”