Stormwater Management Key to Maintaining NYC Waterways
More than 1,000 bioswales (curbside rain gardens) have been installed throughout Brooklyn and Queens. In addition to improving air quality for residents and beautifying the neighborhoods, these installations reduce the sewage overflows into Newton Creek and the Gowanus Canal. This stormwater management is key to protecting waterways from pollution, which occurs when heavy rains overburden city sewers.
The DEP and NRDC are now targeting private property owners to install green rooftops and porous pavements. Their goal is to structure the program so that it benefits property owners and vendors financially through low-cost retrofit opportunities.