Department of Environmental Protection

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 [...]

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 [...]

Board approves 7 percent water rate hike
News Billy Rennison 5/04/2012 at 12:08PM

For the 16th consecutive year, New York City residents’ water bill will swell. The seven-member water board approved a 7 percent hike in water rates at a vote Friday morning. “The 7 percent 2013 fiscal year rate increase is the lowest increase in seven years and is 25 percent lower than the increase projected at [...]

Water rate hike would soak residents
News Billy Rennison 5/01/2012 at 3:00PM

Politicians and residents are worried that another year of swelling water bills will leave denizens drowning. For the 16th consecutive year, New York City residents will be paying more for their water bill if the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposed rate increase is adopted. Assemblymember David Weprin called the hikes “déjà vu all over [...]

Dry spell: DEP pilot project to help relieve flooding
Dry spell: DEP pilot project to help relieve flooding
News Alexa Altman 4/25/2012 at 11:03AM

Just when Jamaica resident Lurline Williams thought the possibility of ending area flooding had dried up, a new pilot project brought a deluge of optimism. According to Assemblymember William Scarborough, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) plans to install two reverse seepage basins along Linden Boulevard, one at 155th Street and one at 165th Street. There [...]

Sewers will relieve water woes on Metropolitan Avenue
Sewers will relieve water woes on Metropolitan Avenue
News Billy Rennison 3/08/2012 at 2:25PM

A current of constituent complaints, along with a wave of support from a local councilmember, has turned the tide for an oft-flooded local stretch of road. Metropolitan Avenue between 80th Street and Cooper Avenue will receive a new storm sewer system to help relieve flooding, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley recently announced. Work began on Monday, March [...]

Fresh air is on the way for Howard Beach residents
Fresh air is on the way for Howard Beach residents
News Melissa Chan 2/07/2012 at 11:13AM

Lots of sunshine — and clean air — is in the forecast for Howard Beach residents come summertime. The $3.5 million project to install the Shellbank Basin Destratification Facility was recently completed, according to Carter Strickland, commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The project is said to curb odors in the surrounding [...]

Community Board discusses hydrofracking, new gym
News David Beltran 1/17/2012 at 12:34PM

There were several important issues brought up at Community Board (CB) 5’s first meeting of the new year, but none drew as much attention, or speakers, as the issue of hydrofracking. In the process of hydrofracking water, sand and chemicals are shot into the ground to push out natural gases. One of the many problems, [...]

Southeast Queens residents deal with flooding, sewage
Southeast Queens residents deal with flooding, sewage
News Melissa Chan 10/04/2011 at 5:46PM

Thousands of residents in southeast Queens are sinking deeper into the sewage that now engulfs their homes. Mold spores and flooding have become and remain a constant problem for homeowners after the city took over the area’s water supply in 1996. “It smells terrible. You see feces in the water and black stuff. It’s just [...]