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NYC DEP Unveils Plan to Add Stormwater-Filtering Green Infrastructure to Bed-Stuy Streets

by , 09/25/13

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The NYC Department of Environmental Protection recently announced plans to install green infrastructure in eastern Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn as a means to prevent stormwater from polluting Newtown Creek. The proposed green infrastructure would use natural systems such as soil and vegetation as an effective stormwater management solution that would protect water quality while also beautifying the neighborhood. According to DNAinfo, Bed-Stuy’s green upgrade will be funded by water and sewer bills.

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On an average sunny day, city sewers handle over 1 billion gallons of water waste. Heavy rainstorms, however, can cause sewer overflows, a condition in which untreated sewage is discharged into the environment, contaminating nearby bodies of water, such as Newtown Creek.

Green infrastructure provides a relatively low-cost and sustainable way to prevent sewer overflow by intercepting, retaining, and filtering stormwater runoff before it reaches the sewer systems. Examples of green infrastructure include bioswales, long vegetative buffers that convey stormwater runoff, rain gardens and landscaped depressions that help capture and absorb runoff.

Though officials have yet to determine the exact locations they plan to green, little green dots have popped up throughout the neighborhood to mark potential spots. In the future, the DEP eventually hopes to make green infrastructure the norm and integrate these sustainable solutions into other sewer infrastructure projects throughout the city.

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  1. Chris Mcnally April 30, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Do we get the bike lane as well? That would be awesome. Alas no, must “preserve” parking for the few.

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  3. FacebookUser35 October 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

    very good Idea

  4. Designwild September 25, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    This practice (even retroactive installation) would also be known as Low Impact Development. LID addresses stormwater quality and quantity through the use of vegetated swales, bio-infiltration/retention devices (such as this), rainwater catchment, and other natural and technological processes to treat and reduce the amount of surface stormwater to pre-development levels.

    I’m sure the filters will be placed and sized to not only treat overflow, but reduce it in the first place by slowing surface runoff from the street during storm events.

    That’ll be a great project; hopefully they track all the data on pre and post-installation quantity, TSS removal,etc!