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Bullet Points: Fidler Pushes Green Plan For Future Flood Protection
Posted By Ned Berke On February 27, 2013 @ 3:00 pm In News & Features | 2 Comments
“Bullet Points” is our format for Community Board 15 meeting coverage, providing takeaways we think are important. Information in Bullet Points is meant only to be a quick summary, and some issues may be more deeply explored in future articles.
Councilman Fidler Lays Out Green Vision For Coastal Protection: If anyone thinks a seawall will protect Southern Brooklyn from future Sandy-like tidal surges, they need look no further than Sea Gate to put that false theory to rest, Councilman Lew Fidler told Community Board 15 at their meeting last night.
“A lot of people think that you can just build a wall and that will solve all the problems. I suppose if you know people in Sea Gate, you can ask them whether or not that solved their problems,” he said.
Fidler added that the cost of erecting a seawall around the southern end of New York City would be around $5 billion, a hefty price tag for an uncertain solution.
Instead, Councilman Fidler, who said he has held and attended numerous City Council committee hearings on Superstorm Sandy and preparations for future threats, said the city should fight nature with nature.
He has written a letter to the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), which is helping spearhead the city’s investment in coastal protections, urging officials to consider enhancing the wetlands, a natural barrier to flooding and storm surges.
“I suggested that they look into replenishing the wetlands that used to be so prolific here in Gateway and along the Southern Brooklyn waterfront, but has been disappearing, by large measures, every day,” Fidler said. “They absorb great amounts of water. And it will probably cost us a whole lot less than building a wall that might not matter.”
“The wetlands thing will not only help us all in Southern Brooklyn, but it’s ecologically and environmentally sound as well,” he added.
Fidler announced that he has also asked the agency to dredge Sheepshead Bay to prevent it from overflowing so easily. For decades, sand from Plumb Beach and elsewhere has drifted into the Bay, and mariners complain that their vessels bottom out at low-tide and the waters become unnavigable. At a meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group last week, the group’s president Ira Zalcman also stated the need for dredging, saying that more water spilled into the neighborhood from the shallow Bay than from the open ocean .
“It certainly can’t help the Emmons Avenue area in the least that that channel continues to be not only not navigable, or barely navigable, but not as deep as it should be when we have water surges,” Fidler said.
Aside from his green solutions to fighting flooding, Fidler also touted his support for the mayor’s latest proposal, a ban on styrofoam .
“Usually when the mayor proposes banning something, I tend to think it may be over the top,” Fidler said. “I am, however, with the mayor 1,000 percent when it comes to banning styrofoam.”
Fidler said it’s good for taxpayers, since styrofoam is not recyclable and adds to landfills, while a ban would spur a switch to recyclable materials like plastic, which provides the city with revenue and helps the environment.
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Correction (February 28, 2013): The original version of this article stated that the drug rehabilitation center had its lease pulled by the landlord.
This is a claim we are now working to verify, The claim, originally reported by Courier-Life , proved false and we have altered this article to reflect that.
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 more water spilled into the neighborhood from the shallow Bay than from the open ocean: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2013/02/civic-group-blasts-army-corps-of-engineers-last-minute-withdrawal-from-meeting-says-they/
 ban on styrofoam: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2013/02/styrofoam-in-the-crosshairs-of-city-sanitation/
 call her office: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Helene-E-Weinstein/contact/
 had its lease pulled by the landlord: http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2013/7/bn_drugcounselingopposition_2013_02_15_bk.html
 contact his office: http://council.nyc.gov/d47/html/members/home.shtml
 Bullet Points: Community Board 15 – September 24, 2012: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/09/bullet-points-community-board-15-september-24-2012/
 Bullet Points: Community Board 15 – November 27, 2012: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/12/bullet-points-community-board-15-november-27-2012/
 Bullet Points: Pera Cafe Denied Sidewalk Cafe Permit Following Close Board Vote: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2012/12/bullet-points-pera-cafe-denied-sidewalk-cafe-permit-following-close-board-vote/
 Bullet Points: In Response To Drug Clinic Opponents, Board Alters Bylaws To Require Neighbor Notification: http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/2013/04/bullet-points-in-response-to-drug-clinic-opponents-board-alters-bylaws-to-require-neighbor-notification/
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