9.7.2021 Press Release: Deegan flooding proves need to Daylight Tibbetts Brook

September 6th, 2021 Posted in Front Page News, Uncategorized

For Immediate Release

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9.7.2021 Press Release: Deegan flooding proves need to Daylight Tibbetts Brook

Tibbetts Brook Daylighted Itself

The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (BCEQ) call for funding and construction of the Daylighting of Tibbetts Brook Project. While the Daylighting project is being proposed as part of the City’s Combined Sewer Overflow mitigation program, the events of Wednesday, September 1st, indicate that protecting essential infrastructure saves lives and immediately lessens the impact of climate change.  We don’t have time to wait.

BCEQ offers solutions

  1. BCEQ calls for the immediate Implementation of the Community Outreach for Design Phase of Tibbetts Brook Daylighting and the Full Funding of Design and Construction
  2. BCEQ calls for the immediate inclusion of the Tibbett’s Brook Daylighting and Greenway in the FY23 Executive Budget Ten Year Capital Strategy
  3. BCEQ calls for NY State DOT to partner with the City on improvements and green infrastructure design for outfalls of the Major Deegan to eliminate stormwater discharge from reaching Van Cortlandt Lake
  4. BCEQ calls on our state/federal elected officials to immediately tap into Federal funding to rehabilitate Bailey Playground, integrating the green space from 234th to 238th, addressing the flooding on Bailey Avenue and using best stormwater management and EJ community engagement practices.
  5. BCEQ calls on our state/federal/city elected officials to identify and prioritize evacuation corridors for immediate climate change infrastructure upgrades.
  6. BCEQ calls on our state/federal elected officials to immediately tap into Federal funding to integrate green infrastructure in Van Cortlandt Park to address the flooding short circuits, outside of the targeted Daylighting areas to make the watershed more resilient and sustainable.

For more information, including quotes and historical information, see our blog here.

 

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