White Island, an 80-acre former municipal landfill located in Brooklyn, New York, is one of the first grassland mitigation projects required by New York State. The former landfill was constructed on historic marsh land and exhibited severe shoreline erosion due to wave action and tidal flux. Additionally, over 80 percent of the island was dominated by invasive species. The project involved bioengineered shoreline stabilization, invasive species control, and grassland habitat creation.
The project served as mitigation for the loss of 56 acres of maritime grassland habitat due to construction of a nearby Housing Development and Retail Center. The NYSDEC determined the loss of grassland habitat was a significant adverse impact on several bird species and the creation of new maritime grassland habitat on White Island was required as compensatory mitigation. The main objectives of the restoration design were to:
• Improve shoreline stability;
• Control invasive species;
• Create habitat for rare or special-status species; and
• Increase biodiversity.
Online registration is open for the IECA Calgary Regional Workshop being held March 14-15, 2019 at The Glenmore Inn and Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Attend this workshop for training on best management practices (BMPs) as it pertains to the region.
Join us on Tuesday, February 19th for IECA's Pre-Conference Workshop Program. IECA will be offering 6 half-day workshops, providing you the practical education you need to get the job done. Workshops include: Bioengineering for Slopes and Streams, Inspection and Maintenance of Post-Construction Water Quality BMPs, and High Altitude Revegetation, Erosion, Sediment, and Turbidity Control on Linear Projects, Naturalizing Performance Standards for Urban Channel Restoration and The 5 Ps to Motivate a Compliant Project.
The Jerry Fifield Scholarship will be given to students who show a passion to expand their career in the Erosion and Sediment Control Industry. Students who attain this Scholarship will be given a one year free Student Membership for IECA. For any Scholarships inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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