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Arcadis asked to find options for climate-proofing Lower Manhattan

4 Oct 13 Arcadis has been picked for a feasibility study designed to explore options to climate-proof Lower Manhattan from coastal flooding.

The study is for the New York City Economic Development Corporation's (NYC EDC) Seaport City, a resiliency project set up following Hurricane Sandy. 

Seaport City would be built as part of a multi-purpose levee to protect a 1.5-mile area along the eastern edge of Lower Manhattan from the Battery to just north of the Manhattan Bridge.

As part of the feasibility study, Arcadis will identify and evaluate options for resiliency and take into account physical, infrastructure, environmental, legal, and implementation considerations. Arcadis will issue an executive summary of work performed, findings and recommendations as part of the project.

The Seaport City concept is designed to emulate the Battery Park City development on the west side of lower Manhattan.

"Climate change and sea level rise are impacting coastal cities like New York every day," said Eleanor Allen, global business line director of water for Arcadis. "Through our Dutch heritage we have a very deep knowledge of integrated water management solutions. We are eager to bring our unparalleled global experience in the design of levee systems and coastal protection measures to New York City's waterways to help protect the city for both the short- and long-term."

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