Stretching out on a chaise lounge, listening to the gentle lap of waves as the sun sets in the west. Idle dreams after a day spent on clear, delicious water. Oh yes, and a fish fry for dinner.
Or—cleaning off the green gunk that chokes the prop of a motorboat while swatting at mosquitoes and rushing to escape into a screened off porch! Holding one’s breath so as not to inhale biogas so concentrated that ignition seems possible. Not the relatively neutral carbon dioxide associated with a swamp, but actual methane!
A friend recently sent me an article by Drew Costly that describes a movement to transition Rikers Island, a prison and psychiatric center on a 400-acre island on NYC’s East River, into a green infrastructure demonstration site, a place where individuals from local communities of color can experience alternative environmental action. Such opportunities are rare, and to be prized. A trio of city council members, Costa Constantinides, Helen Rosenthal and Ben Kallos, introduced legislation that became the “Renewable Rikers Act.” The City Council has committed to the plan, and the current prison that is Rikers Island is scheduled to come offline by 2026.
It’s one of the few places in NYC with enough space to allow for green infrastructure innovation to merge with environmental justice, and the vision is for this island to become a green oasis of sorts to generate solar energy and clean up water, while providing an educational opportunity for locals.
Look at recent developments and the future becomes clear
Having been afforded the opportunity to make a difference relative to water management, (after all, I have my own research laboratory in Fish Fry Lake) recent developments are exciting. Here’s what I’m talking about:
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