The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force's Rebuild by Design competition recently awarded nearly $1 billion to six winning proposals that will make New York and New Jersey more resilient to climate change-related extreme weather events and sea level rise. Long Island is one of the most vulnerable areas on the East Coast and the Interboro Team's "Living with the Bay" plan to make Nassau County's South Shore more resilient to flooding will receive $125 million to make their project a reality. Read on to see a video about the plan, which the team describes as a comprehensive “buffered bay” scenario that includes protecting the shores from storm surge through recovering the sediment system and constructing marshes, dikes, and cross-structures, as well as managing storm water and increasing housing options in high and dry areas near public transportation.
Interboro partnered with Apex, Bosch Slabbers, Center for Urban Pedagogy, David Rusk, Deltares, H+N+S, IMG Rebel, NJIT Infrastructure Planning Program, Palmbout Urban Landscapes, Project Projects, RFA Investments and TU Delft on the plan to protect Long Island’s coastal areas. Living with the Bay includes plans for mitigating damage from stormwater runoff, storm surge and sea level rise by restoring the sediment system and strategically placing marshes, dikes and cross-structures along urban edges. These flood-prevention strategies are envisioned for Long Island’s barrier islands, wetlands and lowlands.
The project will transform rivers and streams into “blue-green corridors” that would both store and filter water to prevent storm surge flooding while at the same time improving the water quality of the bay. As the title of the plan implies, it also addresses the need for more urban development and residences in high and dry land near public transportation.
Images via Rebuild by Design