Brooklyn’s “traveling nature and maritime museum on wheels” cruised into Borough Hall Plaza, drawing “oohs” and “aahs” from visitors smitten by its treasure trove of eco-friendly exhibits and nuggets of information about the urban estuary and watershed.
The Enviromedia Mobile, a unique learning and cultural tool conceived by the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy, made its official debut in the piazza behind Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, where eco-buffs discovered the lowdown on Mother Nature and how to become her steward, and Waste Management gave the group a financial boost %u2013 a check for $10,000 %u2013 while Conservancy Co-Founder and Executive Director Ludger Balan honored local notables for their support.
Among the honorees were Assemblymember William Colton, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Hudson River Foundation and IKEA.
Aboard the 48-foot metal trailer, outfitted with a wood-planked floor to give visitors a boat-like experience, nautical items share the spotlight with art displays, and data about the affects of climate change on marine life, what lies beneath the Gowanus Canal and such exhibits as “Onrust,” about the first Dutch ship to have sailed along the estuary, and “Carl Brashear,” about the high-speed fireboat used by the Dive and Marine Incident Response Teams of the Newport News Fire Department.
Enviromedia’s push to promote “environmental literacy, youth development and maritime cultural enrichment” includes hosting waterfront activities, such as eco-cruises, live underwater video exploration and clean-ups for the community.
“The whole idea of looking out into the sea and seeing the vastness of the water brings tranquility to the spirit,” said Conservancy Co-Founder Ludger Balan, adding, “We have one of the longest and largest uninterrupted waterfronts in New York City and no one makes any hype about it.”
Enviromedia appears to be changing that with visits to waterfront neighborhoods to present its programs, which started this summer for the quadricentennial of the Hudson River.
For more information, or for schools and groups to schedule a visit, visit www.urbandivers.org and link to Enviromedia Mobile, or contact 347-224-5828, or 347-224-5687, or email getonthewa
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