By the end of this year, New York City will activate a new pumping station that will reduce the amount of raw sewage overflowing into the putrid Gowanus Canal by 34 percent, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today, at the pumping station at the head of the Gowanus Canal.(1)
At a ribbon-cutting for a new water siphon to Staten Island, Borough President James Molinaro said he wished the event were celebrating something else.
"I was told that they were going to be boring for a train from Staten Island to Brooklyn," said Molinaro, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced him at a construction site on New York Harbor. "But I found out this morning, it’s not, it’s just for water."
Look out for bioswales: Measuring about five feet wide and 20 feet long, these small patches of plants, trees and rocks will soon be making appearance all over New York as part the city's sustainable-planning efforts.(2)