Is More Green Infrastructure Coming to Brooklyn?

by Ryan Watson on

Rain gardens, green roofs, porous paving, and other types of green infrastructure
on public schools and NYC Housing Authority properties? That’s right! New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is planning to integrate thousands of bioswales, landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water, and other green infrastructure into our city’s streets.

Photo Courtesy of Nature of Cities. Diagram of Street Tree Bioswale. The dropped curb allows for stormwater runoff to be absorbed back into the ground.

Why are bioswales important to New York City? Because they absorb stormwater which would otherwise bring polluted runoff into our waterways. Absorbing stormwater back into the ground also helps tackle the problem of Combined Sewer Overflow, in which untreated sewage is directly discharged into, in our case, the Newtown Creek and East River. Below are the details about DEP’s upcoming meeting:

Event: City-Wide Meeting on Green Infrastructure
Date: June 10th, 2013
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(Nearby Trains: 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, F, N, R)

But how do we take care of these new bioswales and the street trees that go along with them? MillionTrees NYC, DEP and New York Housing Authority are teaming up to teach a series of workshops to show exactly how to do that! Details below:

Event: TreeLC/Bioswale Workshop
Date: Wednesday, June 19th at Hope Gardens
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: 422 Central Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11221

Event: TreeLC/Bioswale Workshop
Date: Saturday, June 22nd at the Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: 520 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

For more information or to register for a workshop, visit the MillionTreesNYC website and click on the link “Learn more and sign up here”, or email, or call (212) 360-TREE (212-360-8733).

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.
  • Garret commented:

    Thanks, Ryan, I’d love to make it to one of these.


    • Ryan Watson

      Ryan Watson commented:

      Also, once things settle down a bit with the construction of North Brooklyn Farms, we’re going to do a treecare workshop at either the farm or at 61 Franklin. I’ll be sure to let you know!


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