Department of Environmental Protection

Community concerned with city’s solution to deal with sewer overflow
Community concerned with city’s solution to deal with sewer overflow
Southwest Liam La Guerre 8/14/2013 at 12:38PM

Middle Village resident Pat Kannengieser is worried the city’s new solution to reduce sewer overflow will become her problem. As part of its Green Infrastructure plan, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is getting ready to install hundreds of “right-of-way bioswales,” sidewalk gardens built to absorb storm water. Kannengieser was told two bioswales will be [...]

Sewer project set to bring flood relief
Sewer project set to bring flood relief
Southeast Maggie Hayes 7/29/2013 at 4:09PM

Springfield Gardens may soon get relief from years of flooding problems. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Carter Strickland announced the start of work to dredge Springfield Lake and double its depth. It will then become part of a new network of Bluebelt wetlands designed to receive stormwater through a new sewer system. Stormwater will [...]

College Point residents say big rigs a nuisance
College Point residents say big rigs a nuisance
Northeast Melissa Chan 6/27/2013 at 11:18AM

Some College Point residents are tired of being kept awake. Neighbors of a 24-hour truck company at 129-16 14th Avenue say dozens of loud, heavy-duty vehicles come and go at all hours of the night and into the early morning. “It’s rough. We like to have our windows open in the summer. They’re running their [...]

Pols push for sewer upgrades as Queens homes take on water
Pols push for sewer upgrades as Queens homes take on water
Top Stories Melissa Chan 6/11/2013 at 1:18PM

An outdated sewer system is leaving large swathes of Queens vulnerable to serious flooding, according to a pair of elected officials. “Year after year, Queens residents have been fighting the trauma and financial burden of flood damage to their homes and lives,” said Assemblymember Nily Rozic. “We cannot continue to let our working families weather [...]

City approves 5.6 percent water rate increase
City approves 5.6 percent water rate increase
Top Stories Queens Courier Staff 5/13/2013 at 1:16PM

The New York City Water Board voted on Friday to approve a 5.6 percent water rate increase effective July 1. Proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on April 5, the rate increase comes as no surprise to Queens residents. However, despite many homeowners expressing displeasure, very few thought that it is unreasonable. “Well, [...]

Community activist Craig Caruana kicks off Republican run in District 30 Council race
Community activist Craig Caruana kicks off Republican run in District 30 Council race
Politics Maggie Hayes 5/08/2013 at 9:57AM

The race to represent District 30 on the City Council is on, with community activist and Middle Village native Craig Caruana throwing his hat in the ring for the Republican ticket. Caruana is a member of organizations including the Knights of Columbus at Resurrection Ascension Parish, the Kiwanis Club of Glendale and the Juniper Park [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]