Community Board 3 residents can now know the purpose of peculiar green sidewalk markings that have appeared in the last year.
At CB 3’s January meeting last Thursday at IS 227 in East Elmhurst, Mikelle Adgate, from the city Department of Environmental Protection, spoke about the upcoming construction of 11 bioswales, a planter-like infrastructures designed, built and maintained to absorb excess rainwater.
Councilman Eric Ulrich, center, is introducing a bill that would have the Department of Environmental Protection give an annual update on the city’s drainage infrastructure. The bill is inspired by the April 2013 flooding of thousands of Lindenwood homes.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) today, Jan. 22, will introduce a new bill that would require the Department of Environmental Protection commissioner to give an annual report on the city’s drainage infrastructure — a proposal inspired by the mass flooding in Lindenwood last year after a DEP facility malfunctioned during a downpour.
“Many residents paid a huge price last April when the city’s infrastructure failed to do its job,” Ulrich said in an email to the Queens Chronicle. “This bill will monitor critical water drainage systems in flood prone areas to help prevent against malfunctions and keep our communities safe in the event of severe rainfall.”
City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd launched the 29th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest on Jan. 20.
Lloyd said students from second through 12th grade are invited to create original art and poetry projects that reflects the theme of shared water resources. Entries for the contest will be accepted online until March.
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and “In Practice: Under Foundations,” opening Sat., Jan. 24, 5–7 p.m., SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City. Info: (718) 361-1750.
The city Office of Environmental Remediation is preparing to clean up the site where a four-story hotel will be built.
The office is proposing to take several steps to remediate the site at 132-10 149 Ave. in South Jamaica, including the excavation of soil and the installation of a vapor barrier system.
Since the Department of Sanitation no longer allows New Yorkers to dispose of their old electronic equipment at the curb, residents are seeking changes for their e-waste to be picked up.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblymen Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) are looking for new approaches from Sanitation to create more drop-off locations for old electronics and to make the process more convenient.
City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) proposed a bill Jan. 7 that pushes the use of geothermal energy systems in city-owned buildings.
The elected introduced the bill, which would jump-start a program making the installation of more efficient and earth-friendly solar panel and geothermal energy systems simpler and easier for homeowners as well, to the Committee on Environmental Protection. At press time, there was no set committee hearing date.
Two water mains broke in Howard Beach last Thursday, causing water to gush out into the streets and turn them to ice as temperatures dropped below freezing.
The Howard Beach Civilian Observation Patrol unit uploaded pictures of the water main breaks to its Facebook page, alerting residents of the incidents.
The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals on Tuesday voted to delay a vote on an apartment building application in Bellerose by the Indian Cultural and Community Center.
Both a spokesman for the BSA and Richard Hellenbrecht, the land use chairman of Community Board 13, said the board has put off a decision on the unpopular project until as late as Feb. 24, due to concerns with the application expressed by the FDNY and the city’s Department of Environmental Protection.
As of July 1 the de Blasio administration will be enacting a ban on single-use expanded polystyrene foam. The material commonly found in coffee cups, clamshell containers and packing peanuts is widely known by the trade name of the similar “Styrofoam.”
The bill creating the ban, Local Law 142, passed in 2013 under the Bloomberg administration but its implementation was delayed to give manufacturers, primarily the Dart Container Corp., time to prove that recycling polystyrenes is a viable alternative to a ban. According to City Hall, Dart failed to do so.
Two water mains broke in Howard Beach Thursday night, causing water to gush out into the streets and turn them to ice as temperatures dropped below freezing.
A city law banning the use of expanded polystyrene foam, commonly referred to by the trade name Styrofoam, will take effect July 1, Mayor de Blasio announced Thursday.
Styrofoam coffee cups, food containers and packing peanuts will all become illegal for businesses to possess, sell or give away. The goal is to protect the environment.
The city’s Department of Environmental Protection last week announced the completion of an $83 million upgrade to the Jamaica Wastewater Treatment Plant in South Ozone Park.
Located west of 134th Street between the Nassau Expressway and John F. Kennedy International Airport, the plant discharges into Jamaica Bay with its numerous parks and a national wildlife refuge.
A two-year Department of Environmental Protection project that began last year to upgrade sewers and water mains in Bayside is on target for completion during the summer of 2016.
The $19.7 million project includes the installation of nearly three miles of new water mains that will replace the old ones from the 1930s. Also, 1.3 miles of new water mains will be added to accommodate the demand from the growing population now living in the area.
(NAPSI)—There’s no doubt that heating and cooling your home is the largest energy expense in your home. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for about 56 percent of the energy used in a typical U.S. home, which makes efforts to reduce energy costs that much more important.
It was a tense 2014 in the City of New York. And that was especially true in the largely residential Queens neighborhoods of Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Glendale and Elmhurst.
Whether it was the stealthy opening of a homeless shelter in Elmhurst or the continued fight over placing one in an abandoned factory in Glendale, southwest Queens residents found themselves battling city government at different times throughout the year.
The year started out with the installation of two new city councilmen — Paul Vallone of Bayside and Rory Lancman of Fresh Meadows. Vallone replaced Dan Halloran, who did not seek re-election following his indictment on federal bribery charges. Lancman replaced Jim Gennaro, who was term-limited out of office.
Many South Queens residents rang in 2014 with a lot of questions still on their mind. When would the city begin restoring homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy? When would the city address flooding issues in Lindenwood? Would Mary Ann Carey give in to pressure and resign as the district manager of Community Board 9?
Some of those questions, and others, were answered throughout the past 12 months, but still even more questions have been raised or have yet to be answered.
Gov. Cuomo last Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have delayed a plan to kill or remove every mute swan in the state. The Department of Environmental Conservation considers the birds an invasive species and wants all 2,200 of them that live in the state gone by 2025.
Following an uproar from faunitarians, or animal lovers, the DEC decided it would revise its plan. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the upper house and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) in the lower chamber authored a bill that would have put a two-year moratorium on any swan slaughter. It also would have forced the agency to hold at least two public hearings in areas where mute swans live, and to include a public comment period of at least 45 days after the second one, before adopting any swan management plan.
Ever since the Port Authority came out with a proposal to relocate a runway some 700 feet closer to residential neighborhoods near Kennedy Airport, members of the Eastern Queens Alliance have been telling anyone who would listen that there has not been enough attention paid to possible environmental impacts.
Last week, the audience was a panel of appellate judges on the U.S. Second Circuit Court.