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West Pond Project Honored

Our West Pond Living Shoreline project in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Gateway National Recreation Area, was honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York (ASLA-NY), during the chapter’s Design Awards Ceremony held at the Center for Architecture, Manhattan on April 13!

You can view photos of the project on Flickr.

The jury selected this project for an Honor Award, noting “the role of the Landscape Architect went far beyond what is often done, taking on the coordination of a diverse and effective group of professionals, volunteers and public agencies.” The $4 million restoration project, completed in November 2021, was entirely funded by us (the NYC Department of Environmental Protection) and was designed by Dirtworks Landscape Architecture.

Construction restored 2,400 linear feet of shoreline, creating more than nine acres of wetland and upland maritime habitat. A breakwater system comprised of 5,000 biodegradable oyster shell bags, 100 recycled trees and 15 coir logs was installed to provide wave attenuation and shoreline stabilization. Work also included 200,000 plantings and the reopening of 6,000 linear feet of the West Pond Loop. The project is the result of an agreement between New York City and New York State to further improve the health of New York Harbor.

Read more about the Jamaica Bay Living Shoreline Project.



The NYC Department of Environmental Protection protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution.

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