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NYC area environment - books
City of Forests, City of Farms: Sustainability Planning for New York City’s Nature by
a history of recent urban forestry and agriculture policy and programs in New York City. Centered on the 2007 initiative PlaNYC, this account tracks the development of policies that increased sustainability efforts in the city and dedicated more than $400 million dollars to trees via the MillionTreesNYC campaign. Lindsay K. Campbell uses PlaNYC to consider how and why nature is constructed in New York City. Campbell regards sustainability planning as a process that unfolds through the strategic interplay of actors, the deployment of different narrative frames, and the mobilizing and manipulation of the physical environment, which affects nonhuman animals and plants as well as the city's residents. Campbell zeroes in on a core omission in PlaNYC's original conception and funding: Despite NYC having a long tradition of community gardening, particularly since the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, the plan contained no mention of community gardens or urban farms. Campbell charts the change of course that resulted from burgeoning public interest in urban agriculture and local food systems. She shows how civic groups and elected officials crafted a series of visions and plans for local food systems that informed the 2011 update to PlaNYC. City of Forests, City of Farms is a valuable tool that allows us to understand and disentangle the political decisions, popular narratives, and physical practices that shape city greening in New York City and elsewhere.
Publication Date: 2017
Concrete Jungle by
Call Number: Stacks HT243 .U62 N736 2014
Publication Date: 2014
A Guide to Native Plants of the New York City Region by
It is no secret that with each new office park, strip mall, and housing development that slices through the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut landscape, more and more indigenous plant habitats are being destroyed. Concrete, after all, is not a friendly neighbor to vegetative life. Less common wisdom, however, holds that plants native to this region have been disappearing rapidly for a variety of reasons, and some of the causes can be avoided, even as construction projects continue to move in. One of the most serious threats to indigenous plants is the introduction of invasive non-native species by landscapers after new developments are built. In this unique guide, ecologist Margaret B. Gargiullo presents a detailed look at the full scope of flora that is native to this region and available for propagation. She offers practical advice on how to increase the amount of indigenous flora growing in the metropolitan area, and in some cases, to reintroduce plants that have completely disappeared. More than one hundred line drawings of plants and their specific habitats, ranging from forests to beaches, help readers visualize the full potential for landscaping in the area. A separate entry for each plant also provides detailed information on size, flower color, blooming time, and its possible uses in wetland mitigation, erosion control, and natural area restoration. Some plants are also highlighted for their ability to thrive in areas that are typically considered inhospitable to greenery. Geared specifically for landscape architects, designers, land managers, and restorationists, and easily searchable by plant type or habitat, this guide is an essential reference for everyone concerned with the regionas native plant life. Since most of the plants can also be grown well beyond the New York City metropolitan area, this book will also be useful for project managers doing restoration work in most of southern New England and the mid-Atlantic region, including Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland."
Publication Date: 2007
Hudson: America's river by
Frances F. Dunwell presents a rich portrait of the Hudson and of the visionary people whose deep relationship with the river inspires changes in American history and culture. Lavishly illustrated with color plates of Hudson River School paintings, period engravings, and glass plate photography, The Hudson captures the spirit of the river through the eyes of its many admirers. It shows the crucial role of the Hudson in the shaping of Manhattan, the rise of the Empire State, and the trajectory of world trade and global politics, as well as the river's influence on art and architecture, engineering, and conservation.
Publication Date: 2008
The Hudson: an illustrated guide to the living river by
Since 1996 The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River has been an essential guide to the full sweep of this great river's natural history and human heritage. In this third edition, the authors - with over 70 years of combined experience teaching about the Hudson - have updated and improved their clearly written and engaging volume, covering the Hudson's diversity of plants and wildlife, the geological forces that created the river, the people who explored and settled its banks, the river's enduring place in American history and art, and the battles waged over its environmental preservation. Many of the book's abundant illustrations are now printed in color, bringing special vibrancy to the prints and paintings included in the history chapters. Accounts of such signature species as the American shad, Atlantic sturgeon, bald eagle, the herons of New York Harbor, and the invasive zebra mussel have been informed by recent research. The text reviews the latest developments in long-running controversies over power plants on the river and toxic PCB contamination, describes newly-recognized pollution issues, and adds a chapter on the impacts of climate change. The outlook is not all doom and gloom: The Hudson celebrates notable progress made in cleaning up the river, while outlining the challenges that must be met to complete the task. A notable addition to this edition are examples of actions and research projects in which individuals can participate to advance the river's rebirth and build understanding of its nature. By approaching its subject from both the scientific and historical perspectives, the book promotes broad-based understanding of why the Hudson and its valley possess such a unique and fascinating identity, and of how this special ecosystem and landscape have played a defining role in the evolution of the environmental movement. Royalties from the sale of this book will support the continue restoration of the river's ecological well-being through the programs of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., a non-profit education and advocacy organization based in Beacon, New York.
Publication Date: 2021
The Hudson Primer by
This succinct book gives an intimate view of the day-to-day functioning of a remarkable river that has figured prominently in history and culture--the Hudson, a main artery connecting New York, America, and the world. Writing for a wide audience, David Strayer distills the large body of scientific information about the river into a non-technical overview of its ecology. Strayer describes the geography and geology of the Hudson and its basin, the properties of water and its movements in the river, water chemistry, and the river's plants and animals. He then takes a more detailed look at the Hudson's ecosystems and each of its major habitats. Strayer also discusses important management challenges facing the river today, including pollution, habitat destruction, overfishing, invasive species, and ecological restoration.
Publication Date: 2011
Legacy: Conserving New York State's biodiversity. by
Foreword -- Introduction: What is biodiversity? Why should we care? -- Ch. One: Natural settings -- New York's physical environment -- Ch. Two: Inhabitants -- varieties of life -- Ch. 3: Ecological communities -- how we all live together -- Forests -- Grasslands, shrublands, and woodlands -- Freshwater wetlands -- Rivers and streams -- Lakes and ponds -- Beaches, bays, and ocean -- Cities, suburbs and farms -- Ch. Four: Goals and priorities -- the challenge ahead -- Appendix One: Sustaining biodiversity through everyday choices -- Appendix Two: Current laws and policies.
Call Number: Stacks QH105 .N7 L44 2006
Publication Date: 2006
Noxious New York: the racial politics of urban health and environmental justice by
Print Format. 'Noxious New York' examines the culture, politics, and history of the movement for environmental justice in New York City, tracking activism in four neighborhoods on issues of public health, garbage, and energy systems in the context of privatisation, deregulation, and globalisation.
Call Number: Stacks GE235 .N7 S94 2007
Publication Date: 2006
Power at the Roots: gentrification, community gardens, and the Puerto Ricans of the Lower East Side by
Through direct engagement with gardeners, activists, and residents, Miranda Martinez shows the breadth and diversity of the community gardening movement and how these groups inserted themselves into local politics and development to create change. She demonstrates how real people are effective as social forces amid large scale urban change and looks at the complexities and contradictions involved in transformations of urban neighborhoods. One of the most important contributions of this study is its focus on the Puerto Ricans of the Lower East Side and their struggle to sustain its Latinidad. It goes deeply into the ethnic and cultural significance at the neighborhood and personal level to show the contradictory meanings of gentrification to Puerto Ricans and others, and more importantly, the ways that the history and culture of Puerto Ricans are ignored, devalued, and erased. By going to the grassroots, this book vividly demonstrates how Puerto Ricans interact with the global and local trends involved in gentrification and how the struggles against displacement can alter the boundaries of the process.
Publication Date: 2010
Watershed Management for Potable Water Supply by
In 1997, New York City adopted a mammoth watershed agreement to protect its drinking water and avoid filtration of its large upstate surface water supply. Shortly thereafter, the NRC began an analysis of the agreement's scientific validity. The resulting book finds New York City's watershed agreement to be a good template for proactive watershed management that, if properly implemented, will maintain high water quality. However, it cautions that the agreement is not a guarantee of permanent filtration avoidance because of changing regulations, uncertainties regarding pollution sources, advances in treatment technologies, and natural variations in watershed conditions. The book recommends that New York City place its highest priority on pathogenic microorganisms in the watershed and direct its resources toward improving methods for detecting pathogens, understanding pathogen transport and fate, and demonstrating that best management practices will remove pathogens. Other recommendations, which are broadly applicable to surface water supplies across the country, target buffer zones, stormwater management, water quality monitoring, and effluent trading.
Publication Date: 2000
The urban forest of New York City (2018)
2018. An analysis of the urban forest in New York, New York, reveals that this city has an estimated 7.0 million trees (encompassing all woody plants greater than one-inch diameter at breast height [d.b.h.]) with tree canopy that covers 21 percent of the city. The most common tree species across public and private land are Norway maple, northern white-cedar, tree-ofheaven, sassafras, and white oak, but the most dominant species in terms of leaf area are Norway maple, London planetree, black locust, pin oak, and red maple. Trees in New York City currently store about 1.2 million tons of carbon (4.2 million tons carbon dioxide [CO2]) valued at $153 million. In addition, these trees remove about 51,000 tons of carbon per year (186,000 tons CO2/year) ($6.8 million per year) and about 1,100 tons of air pollution per year ($78 million per year). New York City's urban forest is estimated to reduce annual residential energy costs by $17.1 million per year and reduce runoff by 69 million cubic feet/year ($4.6 million/year). The compensatory value of the trees is estimated at $5.7 billion. The information presented in this report can be used by local organizations to advance urban forest policies, planning, and management to improve environmental quality and human health in New York City. The analyses also provide a basis for monitoring changes in the urban forest over time.
NY area environmental resources
BIllion Oyster Project
Restoring oyster reefs in NY Harbor.
Birds of New York State
NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation
Environment & Health Data Portal
Explore how the environment shapes health in NYC.
Hudsonia’s Biodiversity Resources Center (BRC)
Biodiversity habitat maps & research projects carried out around the Hudson Valley & neighboring regions.
Natural Areas Conservancy
Incudes a map of NYC natural areas, reports, articles & other documents authored by the organization's scientists. Mission: "a champion of NYC’s 20,000 acres of forests and wetlands for the benefit and enjoyment of all. Our team of scientists and experts promote nature’s diversity and resilience across the five boroughs, working in close partnership with the City of New York."
New York Nature Explorer
Generates lists of flora and fauna by county, town, or watershed.
New York Water Science Center
studies the effects of weather, climate, and man-made influences on groundwater levels, streamflow, and reservoir and lake levels as well as the ecological health of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, watersheds, estuaries, and fish and wildlife. Part of the U.S. Geological Survey.
NYC Water Supply
NYC Dept of Environmental Protection.
Water for Long Island: Now and in the future
Fact sheet. U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
FIlms about NYC environment
Birders : the Central Park effect
2013. Birders: The Central Park Effect reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan's celebrated patch of green, and the equally colorful New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration. Author Jonathan Franzen, an idiosyncratic trombone technician, and a septuagenarian bird-tour leader are among the lively cast of characters in this charming, lyrical documentary that transports the viewer to the dazzling, hidden world of America's most famous park.
Lavender Lake: Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal
2001. South Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, opened in 1866, was once hailed as one of the shortest and most important waterways in the world. It was also known as one of the world's dirtiest. Its putrid, perfumed airs were highly recommended for head colds. After one hundred thirty years of raw sewage, toxic sludge, dumped corpses and drowned dogs, the community continues to fight to clean up the Gowanus.Lavender Lake looks at what the promise of a new environment means to those who live and work in the Gowanus area: the funeral director has fought for decades for his vision of a Venice in Brooklyn; the environmentalist attempts to re-introduce oysters to the canal; the physicist working to turn the canal into a test site for transforming toxic sludge into kitchen tiles; the cops who fish a suitcase out full of body parts. Weaving together their stories with the past three years of progress and delays to flush out the canal, the documentary captures a blighted urban space of astonishing physical beauty at a critical moment of change. It shows a community dreaming and battling over a new and suddenly desirable urban landscape. Can a group of visionary citizens reclaim the waterway and build a viable neighborhood that is also a mecca for travelers?