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December 2015 Newsletter

Reining in Runoff

A green solution to a toxic problem

FLOWER POWER: A demonstration site under the Queensboro Bridge shows that plants can thrive while absorbing pollutants. Photo courtesy of NYC Department of Transportation

Those giant puddles under highway overpasses aren’t just a nuisance. They’re poisonous.

Stormwater running off the City’s 700 miles of elevated highways, railways, and bridges contributes to 27 billion polluted gallons that end up in New York Harbor every year.

With $100,000 from The New York Community Trust, Design Trust for Public Space will install bioswales—landscaping designed to absorb harmful runoff—at three sites in Queens and Brooklyn. The project could be replicated throughout New York and other cities, improving water quality while beautifying neighborhoods. 

Renewable Gifts

Over the years, New Yorkers have left us bequests to clean the air and water, to preserve our parks and open spaces, and to develop renewable energy. Thanks to their generosity, we’re able to make the grants described in these pages. Join us.

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