DEP

Flood relief may be on way for Springfield Gardens
Flood relief may be on way for Springfield Gardens
Southeast Maggie Hayes 10/16/2012 at 5:29PM

Officials are hoping that relief is on the way for Springfield Gardens residents, who have long suffered from the deluge of downpours. On Tuesday, October 16, city and local officials broke ground on the fourth phase of a project to upgrade sewer and water infrastructure in the southeast Queens community. “For years, heavy rain in [...]

Forest Hills seeks flood fix
Forest Hills seeks flood fix
Central Mitchell Kirk 10/02/2012 at 1:50PM

Rene Alkalay, owner of Genesis Tree of Life, a yoga and wellness center on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, is furious that area flooding has cost him nearly $75,000. “I want to know what you’re going to do to put me back in business,” he said at a town hall meeting on Thursday, September 27. [...]

Pilot program aims to prevent flooding
News Billy Rennison 9/24/2012 at 1:04PM

A pilot program unveiled by the city will monitor elevated flow levels in sewers in hopes to prevent future flooding. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) installed 21 manhole covers — 11 in Queens — with monitoring sensors that will alert the agency when there is an elevated flow in the sewer. Crews will then [...]

Glendale flood heroes honored
Glendale flood heroes honored
News Billy Rennison 9/21/2012 at 1:09AM

Two FDNY EMTs who helped save the life of three residents — including a nun — caught in a Glendale flash flood, were honored recently while Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley renewed calls for an investigation into the flooding. Crowley feted EMTs Jimmy Guailacela and Marilyn Arroyo at the city council stated meeting on Wednesday, September 12 [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 9/17/2012 at 7:14AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Monday: Clear in the morning, then overcast. High of 77. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the South in the afternoon. Monday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 68. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. EVENT of the [...]

Timers will save thousands of gallons of water at city parks
Timers will save thousands of gallons of water at city parks
News Billy Rennison 8/14/2012 at 4:23PM

On most cool, rainy days throughout the summer, city sprinklers run continuously, pouring thousands of gallons of water — and money — down the drain. But a joint project between the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Parks and Recreation is looking to put an end to this water waste through timed [...]

Weekend Roundup
Weekend Roundup
News Billy Rennison 8/11/2012 at 1:08PM

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney names Paul Ryan as his running mate Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday – a bold choice meant to excite the GOP’s conservative base and further make the economy the defining issue of the election. Romney announced his decision Saturday morning at [...]

Fewer geese slaughtered near Queens airports as safety measure
News Melissa Chan 7/03/2012 at 11:33AM

More than 200 Canada geese were corralled and slaughtered in the city last week as part of the federal government’s attempt to prevent bird strikes near high-traffic airports, but officials said the casualty count is on the decline. The United States Department of Agriculture removed a total of 255 geese from 12 city parks within [...]

DEP fights car idling near city schools
DEP fights car idling near city schools
Health Sarah Yu 6/01/2012 at 8:01AM

Soon, some Queens kids will be able to breathe a little easier. In honor of Asthma Awareness Month, a two-week long campaign from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) called “Stop Idling” will be enforced through June 6. “Stop Idling” will target areas around P.S. 206 in Rego Park; P.S. 220 in Forest Hills; P.S. [...]

Oakland Lake Park path to receive much-needed work
Oakland Lake Park path to receive much-needed work
News Liam La Guerre 5/21/2012 at 2:38PM

It took nearly two decades, but the makeover is almost complete. The Parks Department announced plans for a $1.6 million remodeling of the pathway around Oakland Lake Park at a recent Community Board 11 meeting, ending a 16-year initiative to revitalize the park and allowing locals to finally enjoy the wetland. “I’m very relieved,” said [...]