13 Mar '12, 5pm

A Greener Strategy on New York's Runaway Sewage

Department of Environmental Protection A green roof in Long Island City, Queens, helps keep storm water out of the sewage system. New York State and city officials announced Tuesday that they had wrapped up an agreement under which the city would commit more than $2 billion in public and private investment to new environmental techniques to help prevent the flow of untreated sewage and storm water into city waterways when it rains. Sewer overflows are the biggest water quality problem in the New York metropolitan region, preventing many waterways from meeting federal standards for fishing, swimming and healthy habitats for wildlife. The city’s plan, announced in the fall of 2010 , envisions using vegetation, soils and environmental infrastructure like porous pavement to help retain storm water before it reaches the sewer system and overloads it. The approach is already bei...

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