John McLaughlin on Penn and Fountain Landfills
John McLaughlin gave a rich and informative talk Tuesday night at the Metropolitan Exchange, discussing the development of his ecological design for the Pennsylvania and Fountain Avenue Landfills along Brooklyn’s Jamaica Bay coast. Our thanks to the many folks who came out to hear John talk about his work, and, of course, to John himself.
Much of the discussion focused on the takeaway lessons of ecological restoration on landfills. Among them:
- trees roots did not penetrate the landfill cap but spread laterally;
- when you need to make use of an enormous volume of soil, it’s cheapest to generate that soil yourself–in Penn and Fountain’s case, by mixing compost with sand;
- careful attention to soil composition, and to its variation for different plant communities, is critical; so is contractor familiarity with restoration practices.
Urban Omnibus has also posted a brief recap of the talk. A PDF of the full presentation is available here. No audio from this talk, but if you’re interested in hearing John speak about the project, WNYC recorded this interview with him in 2007.
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