Gallery: East New York Gets Gardens & a Wetland to Fight Pollution from...

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It’s no secret that stormwater runoff is a serious contributor to pollution in NYC waterways, especially in areas in southern Brooklyn and Queens. In East New York, a lower-income neighborhood in Brooklyn, old and overburdened sewers release foul odors and wastewater into Jamaica Bay. In an effort to combat this, the Department of Environmental Protection has selected East New York as the location for a sustainable experiment in stopping stormwater runoff. Rather than relying solely on expensive sewage systems and treatment facilities, the DEP is planting gardens, trees, and a wetland to attack the problem at its source.

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