Oct. 12, 2016 06:50

Residents Upset Over Installation of Bioswales

Residents in Flushing, New York, are upset that they were not involved in the decision made by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to install bioswales to clean up waterways and ease the burden on the sewer system. Some residents say they found out about the plans when they spoke to Department of Design and Construction employees who were marking off sidewalks in front of their homes.

“There is no way a homeowner, a taxpayer, can have this forced upon them without any input whatsoever,” said Jena Lanzetta, vice president of the civic association. “An open and honest discussion needs to be started regarding the city’s plans and an opt-out policy should be in place. Taxpayers deserve that choice.”

Some fear that the installations will take away available parking spaces and that newly-planted trees will crack the sidewalks. There are additional concerns about how well the landscaping will be maintained by the city after the initial construction is completed. State Senator Tony Avella also expressed concerns that the standing water within the bioswales could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which could increase the risk of a Zika virus outbreak.

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