A Grassroots Plan for Surviving Superstorms
In the weeks after Sandy hit, nonprofits and grassroots groups were the most visible providers of recovery and relief in several New York City neighborhoods. Now a coalition of nongovernmental groups has come up with a list of the policies and projects it thinks will avoid the kind of human suffering that the October storm caused.
The Sandy Regional Assembly, a collection of some 40 organizations located in the city, on Long Island and in New Jersey, is calling for a raft of infrastructure projects meant to restore economic activity (like spending $25 million to repair the Long Beach Boardwalk) and give heavy rains and storm surges some place to go—such as by spending $152 million to install green infrastructure to waterfront areas of the South Bronx and Sunset Park.
In the report released Monday, there’s also an eye to avoiding environmental disasters: The Assembly wants $239 million spent to upgrade the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, where damage from Sandy results “in the discharge of billions of gallons of untreated sewage and water into the river/bay over three weeks,” according to the Assembly’s report.
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