Yesterday, NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection announced six exciting stormwater solutions that will help protect vulnerable parts of the city from future storms and flooding. The group of winning proposals from the competition will receive more than $3 million from a Green Infrastructure Grant to implement their plans. The funds will go towards developing the projects and implementing infrastructure that will prevent sewage overflow during superstorms and rain storms.



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The chosen projects take varying approaches that benefit not only our waterways, but area residents. Three of the six winners have experienced flooding first-hand in their neighborhoods of Gowanus, Sunset Park and Fort Greene.

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One winner, the Gowanus Arts Rooftop Farm, will combine native water-absorbing plants with a vegetable garden, which will soak up 9,300 gallons of rainwater during storms while providing fresh food to tenants in the building below. Another rooftop project, The Salmar Building Roof Meadow, will use native plants to divert 105,000 gallons of rain during storms in Sunset Park, and also act as a sanctuary for the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly. 20 Lafayette Construction LLC’s Fort Greene rooftop will not be accessible to tenants, but will divert 9,500 gallons per storm and serve as a home for pollinators.

The other three winners include two more rooftop farms: the Madani Halal Rooftop Farm in Ozone Park, and the Montefiore Moses Campus roof in the Bronx. The sixth project, the Paradise on Earth Community Garden, will double as a food source for the Bronx.

Together, these projects will divert 6 million gallons of stormwater from New York’s sewers, helping to reduce pollution in our waters.

Via Brooklyn Eagle