Artists' renderings of New Meadowland show how the wetland would be designed for human recreational use as well as flood control. The berm shown would be a path through the park when water was low (left). When storms came in, the wetlands would flood, and the berm would protect local development. Courtesy of New Meadowlands hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy of New Meadowlands

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) at the Capitol last week. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

itoggle caption Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images