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Archive for March, 2009
2 opportunities to make your voice heard — Water Board and City Council hearings

1.  Water Board meeting — rate study — Friday, April 3rd The city’s Sustainable Stormwater Management Plan states that DEP will present  findings of its ongoing “rate study” — including the potential for separating out the stormwater component and charging based on the imperviousness of a site — at the April meeting of the Water Board, which [...]

NY State releases details on how to apply for stimulus funding for “green infrastructure” projects

The federal stimulus bill provided $432 million for clean water infrastructure projects in NY State, and required that 20% ($86 million) be set-aside specifically for green stormwater infrastructure — i.e., projects that maintain, restore, or mimic natural systems to infiltrate, evapotranspirate, or recycle stormwater – as well as water or energy efficiency improvements, or other environmentally [...]

SWIM Coalition Meeting

The next SWIM Coalition meeting will be held at NYC Soil and Water Conservation District, at 121 Avenue of the Americas, in the 5th Floor Conference Room. Hope to see you there!

Waterfront Zoning amendments — SWIM submits comments urging special attention to on-site stormwater management

The Department of City Planning (DCP) has proposed to amend the zoning rules governing the design of waterfront public access areas.  Among other things, the proposal would require the creation of vegetated, permeable surfaces in waterfront developments.  SWIM submitted comments to the City Planning Commission urging that the proposal be stregthened to ensure that site designs [...]

$11 Million For Flood Prevention Announced in Westchester-Implications for NYC

This is a good reminder of all the reasons we need to maintain and extend dialogue with Westchester County, and partner with them, including through SWIM, in order to truly affect  stormwater capture and water quality issues in the city:   $11 Million For Flood Prevention Announced Posted by Westchester.com   Tuesday, 17 March 2009   [...]

Time to Cut Untreated Sewage- Letter to the Bronx Times Reporter

Read this letter to the Bronx Times Reporter from Jorge Santiago, member of the Bronx River Alliance Ecology Team and the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, which urges the city and all of us to consider using source controls, or green infrastructure, to capture stormwater: Time To Cut Untreated Sewage – Letter to the Editor

Compost Stormwater BMP

Compost Stormwater Best Management Practices – Promoting Them to the Compost Industry US EPA Region 5 invites you to participate in a webinar on the innovative aspects of using compost as a stormwater best management practice (BMP) on March 10, 2009 from 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST. Registration will be limited. This webinar is focused [...]

Mayors Office Seeks Information about Potential Applicants for Greenroof Tax Abatement

An August 2008 statute provides a green roof tax abatement in NYC.  The Department of Buildings is holding a hearing on the implementing regulations on March 3rd and plans to finalize the regulations as soon as possible thereafter.  Since the statute requires that applications have to be filed by March 15 every year (a Sunday [...]

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