September 3, 2019
The city’s Department of Environmental Protection has begun construction of more than 5,000 specially-designed curbside rain gardens in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, building upon the more than 4,000 rain gardens that have already been built. The goal is to help to prevent flooding and reduce combined sewer overflows into local waterways by more than 500 million gallons each year.
“New York City continues to invest in the critical green infrastructure that will transform our streets for the better, improve water and air quality and keep New Yorkers safe,” said Deputy Mayor Laura Anglin.
Rain gardens are built in city sidewalks, and do not result in the loss of any parking spaces. They resemble standard street tree pits, except that they vary in size, have curb cuts that allow stormwater to enter, and have been engineered to manage up to 2,500 gallons each during a storm.
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