Coney Island Creek Resiliency Study

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Last Updated September 12, 2016

The Coney Island Creek Resiliency Study is a critical component to resiliency planning for the communities around Coney Island Creek. This study investigated several strategies to mitigate upland flooding, improve waterfront open space, strengthen neighborhood connections, enhance infrastructure, and provide opportunity for economic development around the Creek.

Project Overview

During Hurricane Sandy, Coney Island Creek was the main source of inundation for much of the Gravesend and Coney Island neighborhoods. Low edges and topography contributed to “backdoor” flooding that caused enormous damage.

A key recommendation of the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) report released in June 2013 is to conduct a detailed feasibility study of integrated hydrological management strategies for the creek. This feasibility study will consider technical feasibility, cost, phasing, environmental considerations, and other important issues that will inform implementation including information critical to advancing resilience for Coney Island Creek in the months and years to come. In addition, this study is a key component of that OneNYC vision to ensure our neighborhoods, economy, and public services will be ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats.

The general study area is Coney Island Creek and adjacent upland areas that are increasingly vulnerable to flooding and storm surge related to climate change. The study area encompasses residential, commercial, and industrial land uses; significant road, bridge, and rail infrastructure; and parks and marine environments. One of the key findings is that the Creek needs to be studied and flood risk mitigation planned for in coordination with a regional strategy that ties in the broader resilience efforts by the City, State, and United States Army Corps of Engineers.

This study also developed a shared resiliency agenda between the City and community members that included both short-term investments and long-term measures, complementing over $2 billion that is already being invested to make the neighborhoods of Coney Island safer.

Please see the Coney Island Creek Resiliency Study community report by clicking here.

Your Input Is Needed! 

We are proud to announce that as a result of this study, the City has worked successfully with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to expand its Rockaway Reformulation Study area to include the neighborhoods of Southern Brooklyn adjacent to Coney Island Creek. USACE has made their draft report available here. The public comment period is expected to last 60 days through September and October. 

Community Engagement

Coordination with the community is critical for incorporating extensive local knowledge, gathering public input to inform various design issues, and ensuring a high degree of awareness amongst various local and regional stakeholders. In recognition of outreach as a key ingredient to a successful feasibility study, we are holding a series of community meetings throughout the course of the study. More information below.

Recap of Previous Meetings

NYCEDC and ORR presented to the Community Board 13 Environmental Committee the results of the Coney Island Creek Study on March 9, 2016 (view the full presentation). 

Council Member Mark Treyger, NYCEDC, and ORR hosted a community meeting on August 6, 2016 at MCU Park to provide an update on the resiliency study and discuss initial recommendations from the study team regarding options for barrier type and location and water quality implications, as well as various flood protection options including flood walls, berm, and wetlands (view the full presentation).

NYCEDC presented to the Community Board 13 Environment and Sanitation, Resiliency, and Transportation Committees on July 22, 2016 to provide an update on the project (view the full presentation).

Council Member Mark Treyger, NYCEDC, and ORR hosted a community meeting to provide an update on the resiliency study to the community and get input on a variety of study areas including Hydrology, Ecology, and Recreational uses at the creek on April 30, 2014 at Liberation High School (view the full presentation).

Council Member Mark Treyger, NYCEDC, and ORR hosted a community meeting to introduce the study and get early input from the community on October 30, 2014 at the Coney Island YMCA (view the full presentation).

Background on the Team

The team is led by ARCADIS, a global engineering firm with highly effective local project management experience and worldwide tidal barrier qualifications, in close collaboration with HDR, a firm that brings a full spectrum of ecological services and staff experienced in New York City’s complex urban environment. Complementing the engineering, the Project Team has both the diversity and technical specialists needed to successfully complete this project, including:

  • AKRF is a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in planning, environmental, and engineering services and experienced in navigating complex regulatory requirements, permitting, and compliance aspects of urban infrastructure projects
  • Beyer Blinder Belle, as collaborators toward mindful approaches for the design of the built environment, focuses on the interaction between people on streets, in neighborhoods, throughout cities, and along the waterfront
  • eDesign Dynamics, LLC, is a locally based ecological and hydrological services firm dedicated to developing innovative solutions to conventional engineering problems and focused on water resource management and habitat restoration throughout the urban landscape
  • HR&A Financial Advisors, a regional leader in resiliency planning, applies their extensive understanding of economic development and strategies to rebuild resilient communities
  • Local Office Landscape & Urban Design, LLC, is a landscape architecture firm threading together the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, public policy, science and art
  • Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, an award-winning landscape architectural practice focusing on environmental initiatives and the design of urban open spaces
  • OCC l COWI is a specialty consulting firm providing expert marine engineering services including conditions assessments and designs for protection measures within the coastal environment
  • Starr Whitehouse is a landscape architecture firm bringing together a strong understanding of architecture, planning, and urban design to assist with community outreach

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