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AIANY Boat Tours Earth Day 7507954
10/16/19, 1:45pm - 4:30pm
Chelsea Piers, Pier 62
2.5 LU / 2.5 HSW

Join AIANY and Classic Harbor Line on this special full circumnavigation of Manhattan, and explore green infrastructure designed to both restore the health and productivity of the region’s marine ecology and to create resilient edges to mitigate storm surge and sea level rise. Guests will hear accounts of the abundant marine life documented by 17th century explorers and learn how subsequent settlement patterns and resource overuse led to the estuary’s decline. Today’s ecological goals, including efforts to rebuild native oyster habitat and create sanctuaries for migratory fish and waterfowl, embody a renewed commitment to restoring native ecology along our shared urban shoreline. 

Highlights will include:

  • The past, present and future of New York Harbor’s estuary
  • How the region’s historic ecological wealth and diversity inform today’s waterfront 
  • Efforts to tame, control, or enhance the region’s geological and topographical formation
  • How NYC is addressing sea level rise and frequent storm events through resilient planning
  • The health and challenges facing NYC aquatic species: oysters, striped bass, shad, sturgeon, and myriad waterfowl
  • Multi-pronged efforts to improve health through lowering carbon emissions, water pollution and reducing solid waste volume

This special tour will be hosted by AIANY guide Arthur Platt AIA, and will feature:

Pete Malinowski is the Executive Director of the Billion Oyster Project (BOP),w hose mission is to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives. Peter’s team develops and implements oyster research and restoration projects throughout NY Harbor and to date has restored 30 million oysters and 7 acres of habitat. Peter will discuss the estuary’s history as a diverse and thriving marine habitat as well as the BOP’s efforts to revive it.

Clara Holmes is a Field Scientist with NYC Parks, specializing in Botany.  Most of her field work consists of monitoring vegetation pre and post restoration, and tracking rare plant populations in NYC Parks. Clara will identify diverse urban forest sites and ongoing restoration work along the route.

Please Note: As a reminder, AIA National policy requires participants to attend the entire educational portion of an event to receive continuing education credits. We encourage all participants to arrive on time to comply with this policy.

Organized by
AIA New York and Classic Harbor Line
AIANY Boat Tours Earth Day 7507954
10/16/19, 1:45pm - 4:30pm
Chelsea Piers, Pier 62
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