The mayor announces an investment project in the seaport to prevent flooding

Mayor Bill de Blasio. Image credit: CityLand

On October 26, 2021, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $ 110 million investment for an investment project to address the threat of storm surges and sea level rise in Lower Manhattan . The proposed project will reconstruct and elevate the existing bulkhead and improve drainage between the Brooklyn Bridge and Pier 17. The announcement was made with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor’s Office for Climate Resilience.

As Lower Manhattan is home to municipal offices, thousands of jobs, subway lines, and serves as an economic hub, protecting the region from future damage from storms and sea level rise is critical. The resilience project is expected to prevent up to $ 400 million in damage in the area and prevent long-term erosion in the lowland district. The project is also expected to improve waterfront access and improve the City’s ability to apply for federal funding to protect the area.

The project is part of an upcoming plan titled the Climate resilience master plan for the financial district and the seaport, which will identify solutions to protect Manhattan’s mile of unprotected coastline. The full plan is expected to be released by the end of the year. The master plan is part of the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resilience Initiative, which involves investing $ 800 million in the city to protect Lower Manhattan from climate change.

Mayor de Blasio said, “As we approach the ninth anniversary of Storm Sandy, we need to ensure that families, businesses and communities in Lower Manhattan, one of the most densely populated parts of our city, are protected from the accelerated effects of climate change. . This is exactly what this project does, ensuring that some of the most vulnerable areas can continue to thrive for generations to come. “

New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh said: “As this summer has reminded us again, tragically, the catastrophic effects of climate change are already with us today. Events like Hurricane Ida and Super Storm Sandy will only continue to occur at a higher frequency, and while we are pushing for huge investments in climate change pollution prevention, it is also imperative that we invest now in mitigating the effects of extreme weather conditions, coastal storm surges, and other hazards. Lower Manhattan, one of the nation’s largest economic and cultural hubs and home to thousands of people, is particularly at risk, and investing in coastal resilience here will preserve the jobs and critical infrastructure that serve all of the world. city. While we still have a long way to go before there is a consensus on plans to protect the historic seaport district, one of our most vulnerable areas, the commitment of $ 110 million in funding capital is an important first step towards creating the protection we need. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in government, including the Blasio administration and the new administration in January, and our community partners, towards a comprehensive approach that will protect our communities from the dangers of climate change.

Through: Veronique Rose (Veronica is the CityLaw Scholar and New York Law School Graduate, Class of 2018.)

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