Parts of Staten Island were completely destroyed when Hurricane Sandy hit the city in 2012—Midland Beach, New Dorp and Oakwood were hit hardest, and saw the highest cluster of Sandy-related fatalities. Since then, the city has been considering various ideas as how to avert another weather-related catastrophe from devastating the vulnerable area. One such idea that is gaining momentum: a wall of oysters.

"They don't act as a flood wall that completely stops the water," Gena Wirth of SCAPE/Landscape Architecture, the project's lead designers, told DNAInfo. "They reduce water velocity, they reduce erosion of the shoreline and they reduce the height and intensity of the waves." The project is called "Living Breakwaters," and you can see a video of the proposal below.

Living Breakwaters from Rebuild by Design on Vimeo.

"Living Breakwaters" has been awarded $60 million via a federal competition for a pilot program in the Raritan Bay off of Staten Island. Designers hope that the reefs will also restore some ecological aspects of area. "Actually by attenuating the waves the project could potentially reduce the flood plane in that area," said Pippa Brashear, who is part of one of the teams working on the project. "That could bring that down by two feet, that could make the difference of a floor of your house being in and out of the insurance zone."

One very important addendum: you can't eat the oysters. So there will be an Oyster Cam installed to deter people from doing so: "Anyone can log on and kind of check out the oyster cam," Wirth added. "There will be a camera out there that would help make sure that people aren't harvesting the oysters to eat them."