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Brooklyn Restoration Sites

Four Sparrow Marsh Habitat Restoration

Restoration of 3.4 acres of upland natural area buffers between proximal development sites and Mill Basin

Photograph of the Four Sparrow Marsh Habitat restoration area

Project Goals

  • Enhance wildlife biodiversity in aquatic, salt marsh, and upland ecosystem.
  • Reduce non-point source pollution.
  • Control invasion by nonnative plant species, restore native plant species diversity.
  • Reduce Erosion.

Project Components

  • Excavation of 8,205 cubic yards of fill material.
  • 2.7 acre tidal wetland restoration.
  • 0.7 acre woodland buffer restoration.
  • Removed accumulated wrack/debris, isolate future marine debris accumulation.
  • Removed nonnative plant species, discourage re-invasion.
  • Introduce native, nursery grown, woody, and herbaceous plant species to promote more diverse seed bank.
  • Discourage use of area by dirt/mountain bike riders and illegal dumping.

Project Benefits

  • Reduce non-point source pollution into Mill Basin.
  • Greater biodiversity.
  • Natural areas more resistant to urban encroachment.
  • Improved uptake of nutrients and filtration of pollutants.

Funded by The City of New York and the New York State Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act.

Proposed Gerritsen Creek Salt Marsh Restoration

Photograph of the Gerritsen Creek Salt Marsh restoration area

Project Components

  • Excavation of fill material.
  • 8 acre tidal wetland restoration and 8 acre of grass restoration.
  • Remove nonnative plant species, discourage re-invasion.
  • Introduce native, nursery grown, woody, and herbaceous plant species to promote more diverse seed bank.

Project Benefits

  • Reduce non-point source pollution into Gerritsen Creek.
  • Greater biodiversity.
  • Natural areas more resistant to urban encroachment.
  • Improved uptake of nutrients and filtration of pollutants.

Funding applied for from The City of New York and the New York State Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act ($1,300,000) and USACE ($4,900,000)

Anticipated project budget=$6.2 million