If you live in Brooklyn, the Bronx or Queens, a lush new rainwater garden may soon be popping up on a sidewalk near you. New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection recently announced plans to install 2,000 new bioswales (rainwater-absorbing gardens) over the next year to divert four million gallons of storm water from city sewers. Lovely to look at, these sidewalk gardens will not only spruce up NYC streets, but also protect neighborhoods from storm water overflow.

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Since Hurricane Sandy, the DEP has been amping up protective measures to help prevent future flooding around the boroughs. Installing curbside gardens may sound like a small and simple step, but will actually help prevent millions of gallons of water from overflowing sewers during storms.

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Currently, there are around 250 sidewalk bioswales dotting the boroughs, but the DEP is planning to invest $46 million to install 2,000 more sidewalk gardens by next summer.

Each new garden will be a mix of flowers, local bushes, greenery, and trees, acting as not only a neighborhood storm water protector, but also as a breath of fresh air.

Via NY Daily News

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