County Board To Vote On Greenburgh Flood Improvements

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A capital project would improve Greenburgh land along the east side of the Bronx River Parkway to make it less susceptible to flooding. Photo Credit: File

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Pending approval of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, Greenburgh could see structural improvements through a project that would address flooding issues along the Bronx River.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino sent the $800,000 project to the county board Monday as part of a $9 million effort to address chronic flooding along the Bronx River and the Sound Shore. The 3-acre site, located immediately north of Fisher Lane and east of the Bronx River Parkway, is part of the county-owned Bronx River Parkway Reservation. The project would enhance the river's capacity to store and absorb floodwaters while improving water quality.

"It is important that we target achievable projects in problem areas in order to reduce and prevent future flooding," Astorino said in a statement.

The project's agenda includes removing invasive plants along the river, replacing more technologically advanced culverts, excavating depressions, stabilizing river banks and replanting native vegetation along the shorelines.

The project would also improve the site's appeal to motorists and pedestrians, according to the county executive's statement.

"The causes of flooding in this county are a result of many complex factors that cannot be fixed overnight or without significant capital investments beyond the means of the county," Astorino said in the statement. "But the county can and must continue to do whatever it can on its own to address this problem."

If the board approves the project, the County Planning Department will complete design work by spring and could begin construction as soon as this summer, according to county executive representatives.

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