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Living Breakwaters Project Featured in “Hudson Rising” Exhibit at New York Historical Society

On Wednesday, February 27, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) and project partner SCAPE kicked of an exhibit at the New York Historical Society (NYHS) by the name of “Hudson Rising.” The exhibit, which explores 200 years of ecological change and environmental activism along the Hudson River, features the Rebuild by Design (RBD) project Living Breakwaters for its efforts to restore and re-engineer the river following the severe impacts of Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

“This exhibit embodies so many of the themes that are intrinsically important to us at GOSR,” said Senior Project Manager of Living Breakwaters, Lisa Kaplan. “At the forefront, is our desire to devise solutions that will work with Mother Nature instead of against her, as we plan for the reality of rising seas levels, climate change and increasingly frequent storms. Living Breakwaters is a tremendous example of putting innovative green infrastructure techniques into action— and a project that will ultimately make the South Shore of Staten Island stronger, better and smarter.”

Hudson Rising, open to the public from March 1 to August 4, 2019, uses the lens of “the most interesting river in America” to examine how human activity has affected the Hudson over time and— in turn— how the Hudson has shaped industrial development, tourism and other sectors in and around New York City.

The exhibit presents an immersive view of Living Breakwaters and walks visitors through the story of the development and implementation of the $60 million project. Living Breakwaters works hand-in-hand with the Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project (TSPP)— a separate but complementary set of resiliency improvements proposed through GOSR’s bottom-up NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program.

Living Breakwaters is one of two Rebuild by Design (RBD) projects being implemented by GOSR. The project, which will introduce a network of offshore breakwaters to provide critical defenses against coastal risk and erosion, was developed as part of the federal competition that was hosted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It will, at the same time, grow and restore the natural habitat for plants, finfish and shellfish, while presenting a number of educational opportunities for New York City youth.

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