14 Mar '12, 8pm

NYC to Build Green Playgrounds for Stormwater Capture

NYC to Build Green Playgrounds for Stormwater Capture

Marianne O'Leary /CC BY 3.0 New York City's wastewater treatment plants have major issues dealing with stormwater runoff , but a potential pilot project of 'green' schoolyards could begin to pave the way for future solutions to this dilemma. As part of the city's efforts to reduce the amount of untreated wastewater that flows into NYC's waterways during storms, the metropolis has been busy planting trees, supporting green roofs, and installing huge tanks to deal with the runoff of precipitation. However, all of those are still just a drop in the bucket in the face of the sheer quantities of water which must be dealt with - as much as 30 billion gallons per year. But NYC's Department of Environmental Protection , in partnership with the not-for-profit Trust for Public Land , is in the process of developing a plan to build some green playgrounds, which will be designed to sl...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/nyc-build-gree...

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