Brooklyn —

One state agency granted $200,000 to clean up Coney Island Creek, only for another to stonewall the permit.

Billion Oyster Project is a non-profit working to naturally clean up waterways and prevent flooding by putting a billion oysters in New York waterways by 2035, in collaboration with local students. They received funds from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery to expand their community reefs program to Coney Island Creek, Paerdegat Basin (Canarsie), Bush Terminal Park (Sunset Park), and Brooklyn Bridge Park, in addition to other existing locations like Jamaica Bay.

However, Coney Island was singled out for removal from the permit by the Department of Environmental Conservation.