NYCEDC and Mayor’s Office Of Recovery and Resiliency Announce Request for Proposals to Conduct Study Examining Coastal Protection Measures for the…
NYCEDC and Mayor’s Office Of Recovery and Resiliency Announce Request for Proposals to Conduct Study Examining Coastal Protection Measures for the Gowanus Canal and Newton Creek
NEW YORK, June 3 — The New York City Economic Development Corp. issued the following news release:
The Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency (ORR) Director Daniel Zarrilli today announced a request for proposals (https://www.nycedc.com/opportunity/cdbg-dr-funded-gowanus-canal-and-newtown-creek-storm-surge-barrier-studies-rfp), issued by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), seeking a team of experts to conduct detailed feasibility studies of storm surge barriers at the mouths of the Gowanus Canal in South Brooklyn and Newtown Creek on the Brooklyn/Queens border. Such barriers and their associated infrastructure could prevent catastrophic flooding in the neighborhoods adjacent to these bodies of water while also providing enhanced waterfront access, water quality improvements, stormwater management, and opportunities for economic development.
“Hurricane Sandy didn’t just expose our vulnerabilities along the ocean, it also had a devastating impact along inland waterways in all five boroughs,” said Daniel Zarrilli, Director of the Office of Recovery and Resiliency. “Storm surge barriers along inland waterways would play a vital role in the City’s resiliency efforts and, in coordination with the ongoing Superfund work, would reduce flood risk in these vulnerable commercial and residential neighborhoods, providing new opportunities to transform the city and make our neighborhoods safer.”
“To maintain our place as a globally competitive city, we must consider the long-term investments that need to be made to improve the resiliency of our economy, people and assets,” said NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball. “This feasibility study is an important first step in evaluating how to ensure these neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens can meet the climate challenges of the future, through the prevention of catastrophic flooding.”
The Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek were major sources of flooding in the neighborhoods of Gowanus, Red Hook, Greenpoint, East Williamsburg, Bushwick, Maspeth, and Long Island City, causing damage to infrastructure and thousands of homes and businesses along both waterways and in neighboring upland areas. Additionally, it is anticipated that climate change and sea level rise will increase the risk of coastal flooding as the number of commercial buildings in the 100-year floodplain along the Brooklyn and Queens East River and New York Bay waterfront will nearly double and the number of residential units will more than double by the 2050s, necessitating planning to prevent future flooding.