April 24, 2017
New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) celebrated Earth Day by showing fourth grade students one of the latest projects to help solve New York City’s billion-dollar problem with flooding and stormwater.
Students from Public School 112 Bronxwood School visited Edenwald Houses, a public housing site in the Bronx, and observed how newly-installed green infrastructure helps the environment. These water gardens absorb stormwater which otherwise floods New York’s combined sewer system during heavy rains, pouring pollution into local waterways, and getting the City into deep trouble with the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
“This $10.6 million investment in facility upgrades will soften the development’s impervious landscape, provide critical drainage and stormwater management and help improve the health of the Hutchinson River,” said Angela Licata, deputy commissioner of sustainability for DEP.
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