Great Programs: Stormwater Capture, New York

Recently Blythe Copeland published the article “7 Cities with Great Green Projects Others Should Imitate” in the Science & Technology section of treehugger. In it she explains that NY has become exemplary because of  programs like the Flushing and Gowanus Green Infrastructure Grant Initiative awarded by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. This program has effectively conferred more than $2.6 million in grants to organizations with plans designed to capture stormwater runoff. According to Copeland: “The idea behind the grant is to fund plans that would reduce combined sewer overflows, which occur when stormwater and wastewater is diverted into New York City’s surrounding waterways during heavy storms and to improve the overall quality of the city’s harbor.” For more information visit the article HERE.

Last July 2010, Farrel Sklerov reported about the DEP awards for Green Infrastructure Projects in the NYC.gov page. The report discusses that the criteria for the award was selecting the applications that had good prospects for implementation success and that could be replicated on a large scale as the City moves forward with its plan to reduce combined sewer overflows, “which occur when combined stormwater and wastewater is diverted into New York City’s surrounding waterways during heavy storms.” (Farrel Sklerov, 2010)

Photo Caption: DEP’s Alley Creek Environmental Restoration

According to Sklerov: “Mayor Bloomberg is making unprecedented investments to reduce combined sewer overflows and improve our harbor water quality, now at its best in 100 years,” said Commissioner Holloway. “Traditional grey infrastructure investments like holding tanks have gotten us far, but a successful strategy must include green infrastructure projects that capture stormwater at the source, and at the same time beautify our communities and improve New Yorkers’ daily quality of life. The projects we are funding with these grants will test promising techniques to capture stormwater and green the Cityscape, and we hope to use them as models throughout the five boroughs. Congratulations to all of the grant winners for making great proposals, and working with us to build a more sustainable city.”

Text Excerpt Credits: Blythe Copeland | Treehugger.com & Farrel Sklerov |  nyc.gov

Image Credits:  via Flickr  &  nyc.gov

Photo: Eva Abreu/Creative Commons In 2010, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection awarded more than $2.6 million to organizations with plans for capturing stormwater runoff as part of the Flushing and Gowanus Green Infrastructure Grant Initiative.

The idea behind the grant is to fund plans that would “reduce combined sewer overflows, which occur when stormwater and wastewater is diverted into New York City’s surrounding waterways during heavy storms” — and to improve the overall quality of the city’s harbor.

A few of the winning ideas: a Greenstreets capture system in Rego Park that would catch water from a “three acre-watershed”; bioretention basins that would store more than 200,000 gallons of water under the Long Island Expressway; and 5,000-square-foot treatment wetlands that could address 72,000 gallons of runoff in Flushing Meadows Corona Park after every storm.

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