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.