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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: Billion Oyster Project, New York Harbor Foundation
As climate change continues to be a worldwide issue, the environmental community is researching many tools to reduce our risk. The Billion Oyster Project (BOP) is a long-term, large-scale plan to restore one billion live oysters to New York Harbor over the next twenty years and in the process educate thousands of young people in the Metropolitan area about the ecology and economy of their local marine environment. To date we have grown 11.5 million oysters, collected 50 tons of oyster shells from local restaurants and engaged 4,000 public school students in the project. BOP was also on the team chosen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as part of its Rebuild by Design competition, to receive a $60 million grant to implement the Living Breakwaters project off the coast of Staten Island. As a direct response to the damage suffered in Superstorm Sandy, the project aims to reduce risk, revive ecologies, and connect communities to the shoreline, inspiring a new generation of harbor stewards and a more resilient region.