A Grassroots Plan for Surviving Superstorms

April 02, 2013 at 10:43 am

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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