North Henry Street End Restoration Planning 2018-01-09T18:12:12+00:00

Project Description

North Henry Street End Restoration Planning

Project Lead: Newtown Creek Alliance
Project Partners: Sarah Durand, Professor, LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York; Allocco Recycling; and North Brooklyn Boat Club
Project Location: North Henry Street
GCEF Grant: $24,735
Matching Contribution: $1,000
Fact Sheet: North Henry Street End Restoration Planning PDF
Project Status: Completed (February 2016)

In 2014, the Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) received $24,735 in GCEF funding (and provided $1,000 in matching funds) to research and develop a plan for transforming the end of North Henry Street into publicly-accessible and ecologically-beneficial open space and shoreline. Located on the “No Name Inlet” of Newtown Creek, the site consists of 20,000 square feet of City-owned upland and degraded shoreline. NCA conducted a thorough analysis of the site characteristics including shoreline composition, a flora and fauna survey (30 plant species and 38 animal species identified on the site), stormwater runoff and contamination issues, water quality (43 points of water quality data collected), bathymetry, and governmental jurisdiction issues. NCA worked with neighboring entities (Allocco Recycling and New York City Department of Environmental Protection) to expedite the clearing out of abandoned equipment and trailers on the site. NCA also worked with community members, project partners, relevant agencies, and a landscape architecture firm to develop a vision for ecological restoration and improved use of the study. Following the completion of a restoration plan for the end of North Henry Street (see project booklet at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2ME8bjE-6R0elJOZ0dEX3R0c28), NCA has used the plan to initiate discussions with city and state agencies about implementing the plan and achieving its goals of ecological restoration and public access along Newtown Creek.

PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
  • Conducted a detailed study of the potential to transform 20,000 square feet of city-owned upland and degraded shoreline along Newtown Creek into publicly-accessible and ecologically-beneficial open space and shoreline
  • Worked with neighboring entities to remove abandoned contractor equipment from the site
  • Thoroughly analyzed site characteristics including shoreline composition, species of flora and fauna, stormwater runoff, contamination, water quality, bathymetry, and governmental jurisdiction issues
  • Worked with community members, relevant city agencies and local business partner, Allocco Recycling to develop a restoration plan for the site (see project booklet at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2ME8bjE-6R0elJOZ0dEX3R0c28)
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