Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway today announced the 15 winners of DEP’s 2011 Green Infrastructure Grant Program. Selected from a total of 52 applications, the 15 winners will share approximately $3.8 million of funds to build green infrastructure projects that will reduce combined sewer overflows and improve water quality in New York Harbor. Read the full press release here

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI) was awarded $462,259 for the Brooklyn Greenway Columbia Street Green Infrastructure Project, which will install infiltration planters and porous concrete in the sidewalk along an entire block of Columbia Street between Sigourney and Bay Streets in Red Hook.

The project will remove street runoff from the combined sewer system by directing the water into the planters. The project will reduce CSOs to the East River by managing approximately 285,000 gallons of stormwater per year from 10,400 square feet of roadway. Brooklyn Greenway Initiative will partner with local organizations to enhance residents’ participation in design and stewardship of the project.

BGI co-founder Milton Puryear said, “One of our priority goals for the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is to create a 14-mile green infrastructure backbone along the East River that will over time make it possible to remove much of Brooklyn’s East River watershed from the combined sewer system. We hope this grant will help us build a working partnership with NYC Department of Environmental Protection in support of that goal.”

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