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Brooklyn's Waterfront Greenway Could Help Fight Stormwater

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The Brooklyn Greenway, a path for cyclists and pedestrians along the western waterfront that stretches from Bay Ridge to Greenpoint, has been in the works since 2008, with piecemeal parts getting completed and others facing some community pushback. But yesterday, the organization planning the greenway and Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams announced that the 14-mile stretch with a recreational mission is being designed to serve another crucial purpose: to fight stormwater surges in the event of another natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy. A study containing new renderings and plans [warning; PDF!] unveiled yesterday showed that using "living walls" and gardens that catch rain called bioswales could result in diverting about half a billion gallons of water from the city's over-taxed sewer system and sensitive waterways (think the Gowanus Canal). The total cost of of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is between $100 and $200 million.

· Brooklyn Greenway Initiative [official]
· The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway: An Agent for Green Infrastructure, Climate Change Adaptation, and Resilience [warning; long PDF!]
· Borough President Eric Adams Releases Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Stormwater Management Plan [BGI]
· Brooklyn Greenway designers pitch bike path as storm barrier [NYDN]
· All Brooklyn Greenway coverage [Curbed]