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Don’t obstruct Graniteville Swamp (letter to the editor)

Don’t obstruct Graniteville Swamp (letter to the editor)

By Beryl A. Thurman

Port Richmond

Re: Proposed development of the Graniteville Swamp in Mariners Harbor into BJ’s & Company retail space.

It is important to know that the Graniteville Swamp is the headwaters of Old Place Creek. Development in the marsh and pine oak-dominated forest will greatly compromise the system’s ability to control neighborhood flooding, and discharge storm water safely out to Old Place Creek.

The loss of the forest and grassy marshes will do maximum harm to the water quality in the creek itself.  It would appear to be an oversight that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and NYC Parks have acquired large tracts of land on the lower portions of Old Place for parkland preservation only to have the upper portion of the creek become compromised by development that will ultimately have a cost to the taxpayer.

For years, the Graniteville Swamp has saved the City of New York countless dollars on unnecessary underground piping and plumbing of storm water. Not only does it spare us costly infrastructure, it acts as a filtration pump for the waters that penetrate its leafy forested floor and become cleansed before arriving to the tide waters of the Arthur Kill.

With all that we now understand about the cost savings associated with Bluebelt infrastructure it would seem preposterous, even corrupt, to give the nod to a project that will incur so much unnecessary expense to find new-built ways to deal with flooding and storm water discharge.

(Note: The writer is Executive Director/President of The North Shore Waterfront Conservancy of Staten Island.)

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Graniteville Swamp Park

Graniteville Swamp Park on Staten Island

Posted by Anthony Licciardello on Sunday, April 29th, 2012 at 10:08am.

On July 7, 1997, roughly nine acres of land in the neighborhood of Graniteville were assigned to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. This area of land is within the site known as Graniteville Swamp, which is five graniteville_park_swamptimes the size of the acreage assigned to the Parks Department.  On June 1, 2000, another addition was made to what is now known as Graniteville Swamp Park.  This little sliver of land, in addition to the original portion obtained by the Parks Department, account for close to nothing when they are compared to the size of the swamp.

Graniteville Swamp was originally surrounded by Forest Avenue to the north and west, South Avenue to the east, and Goethals Road North to the south. Morrow Street, which juts out of Forest Avenue into the swamp’s vicinity, was not much of a boundary at the time, as the street consisted mostly of small houses.  At the turn of the century, however, the United Artists Stadium 16 movie theater opened between Forest Avenue and Morrow Street, making Morrow Street a northern boundary of the swamp.  Today, the area of land under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation is just below Morrow Street.  To the right of the imaginary line which extends from the east of the movie theater down to Goethals Road North, there is a public storage facility.  Aside from these two sections, the area within the stated streets it encompassed mostly by Graniteville Swamp.

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