DEP

Woodhaven residents upset over slow response to sewage issue
Woodhaven residents upset over slow response to sewage issue
News Terence M. Cullen 3/20/2013 at 2:17PM

Woodhaven residents want to know why it took so long to stop the sewage that was spewing into the streets of their neighborhood. At the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) March 16 meeting, several members inquired why the feces-ridden puddle continued to be a problem, considering how close it was to a nursery school. “When [...]

New program saves homeowners money in water, sewer line repairs
News Maggie Hayes 3/12/2013 at 5:15PM

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has a new system to protect homeowners, their water and hopefully, their wallets. Residential property owners citywide are responsible for maintaining their water and sewer service lines, which can stretch underground from homes and out to the middle of the street. If any part of that line is compromised [...]

Leaders want Southeast Queens flooding fixed
Leaders want Southeast Queens flooding fixed
Southeast Queens Courier Staff 3/05/2013 at 9:16AM

BY LIAM LA GUERRE As Sandy barreled down on the East Coast last year, there was one thing on Helene Martello’s mind. “Where am I going to move my car?’” she asked. It wasn’t the first time she feared flooding. After returning to her Hollis home from a party in 2008, Martello was surprised to [...]

Broken sewage pipe soils Woodhaven street
Broken sewage pipe soils Woodhaven street
South Terence M. Cullen 2/26/2013 at 9:42AM

A broken pipe in Woodhaven has residents concerned about public safety after gushing water, rife with human waste, has soiled the corner of 85th Street and 88th Avenue. “It’s disgusting,” said Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA) president Ed Wendell, who’s been tracking the problem for a few weeks now. Wendell and other WRBA members have [...]

Central and southern Queens to receive water main upgrade
Central and southern Queens to receive water main upgrade
Central Melissa Chan 12/31/2012 at 12:21PM

A $14 million upgrade to replace the borough’s aging water system will soon flow into portions of central and southern Queens, authorities said. About 13 miles of new ductile iron water mains will be installed to replace old unlined cast ones in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Far Rockaway, according to the city’s [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
News Billy Rennison 12/29/2012 at 11:01AM

MTA considers installing sliding doors to prevent deaths, injuries The MTA will reconsider installing sliding doors on some subway platforms to prevent riders from getting killed or injured by trains, a top official told the Daily News. Fifty-four people this year have met their bloody ends on the tracks — a five-year high at more [...]

Faster flooding fix coming to Middle Village, Maspeth
News Billy Rennison 12/18/2012 at 3:30PM

Middle Village and Maspeth residents will wave goodbye to water woes a year ahead of schedule. A pair of Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) capital projects to help alleviate constant flooding in the neighboring communities was moved up after several discussions with Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley. The first upgrade along Calamus Avenue is scheduled to begin [...]

Tempers flare over burning Sandy tree debris
News Queens Courier Staff 11/30/2012 at 4:06PM

By Denise Romano The city is burning Superstorm Sandy tree debris at Floyd Bennett Field in order to convert it into reusable material, enraging environmentalists who claim that the burn-off will compromise air quality. In a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will burn more than 15,000 [...]

One month after Sandy, residents still face a long road to recovery
One month after Sandy, residents still face a long road to recovery
News Maggie Hayes 11/29/2012 at 9:45AM

The hum of generators and the roar of truck engines can be heard throughout Breezy Point as residents and emergency workers feverishly push to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. Before that fateful Monday, October 29, when Sandy tore through the East Coast, life in the small beach town was relatively simple. But now, a month later, [...]

New law to help customers contesting costly water bills
New law to help customers contesting costly water bills
Business Cristabelle Tumola 10/24/2012 at 1:34PM

Following a record number of disputed water bills, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio introduced legislation today that prevents late fees, liens and foreclosure on home and business owners fighting the charges. He made the announcement at a Queens Chamber of Commerce small business forum that was held this morning at the Queens Library Flushing branch. [...]