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December 17, 2015

BGI’s West Street Watershed Stormwater Project Awarded $1.6M in Funding

BGI has been awarded $1.6M in funding by GCEF to implement green infrastructure practices on streets and sidewalks in Greenpoint, leading to the prevention of the release of raw sewage into the East River and Newtown Creek during heavy storms.  An enormous thank you goes out to all the Greenpoint residents who voted for us!

Information on the project is below:

West Street Watershed Stormwater Project

Lead Sponsor: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Inc. Funding Request: $1,639,878

Value of Applicant and Partner Contributions: $7,500,000

Partners: New York City Department of Transportation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn, and Teresa Toro, Greenpoint resident and outreach lead

Location: West Street specifically West Street, Commercial Street, McGuiness Boulevard and Calyer Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

An expansion of the $1.9 million West Street Watershed Stormwater project funded through a GCEF Large Grant in 2014. The project will implement green infrastructure practices on additional streets and sidewalks between West Street, Commercial Street, McGuiness Boulevard, and Calyer Street preventing the release of raw sewage into the East River and Newtown Creek during heavy storms.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES:

Conduct site assessments and finalize selection of sites for bioswales and greenstreet improvements.

Engage the community and neighbors in setting project goals, site selection, and project design.

Design, construct, and plant 54 bioswales (aka rain gardens) and greenstreets (special curb cuts that create a wide planting and infiltration area at street-ends) with hardy perennials, native grasses, shrubs, and trees, in public right-of-ways in a 757,856 sq. ft. area of a Greenpoint sewershed.

Perform maintenance and monitoring of sites and vegetation. The project will result in an estimated 23% decrease in the volume and frequency of raw sewage from the city’s combined sewer system into the East River and Newtown Creek. The project also will restore native plant communities on streets and sidewalks that lack plants and trees, and use trees and other vegetation to lower local ambient temperatures and capture air pollution.

PROJECT GOALS:

Divert more than 5 million gallons of stormwater from the combined sewer system, reducing the volume and frequency of overflows of raw sewage annually into the East River and Newtown Creek.

Capture stormwater to increase the quantity and viability of native plants on residential streets.

Restore native plants and habitats for pollinators (e.g., bees and butterflies) and birds.

Improve air quality and reduce local ambient air temperatures.

Decrease chronic flooding and sewer backups for the 10,910 people living in the project area.