DEP

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. [...]

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 [...]