Department of Environmental Protection

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 [...]

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. [...]

Pol red over lack of Greenstreets
Pol red over lack of Greenstreets
News Melissa Chan 10/17/2012 at 12:48PM

A state senator scolded the city for making changes to a green program that has left some turf in his district deserted. Unused road areas have been turned into leafy green spaces since 1996, under the city Department of Parks and Recreation’s Greenstreets program, but now only pieces of land in flood-prone areas are being [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]