Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sage and Estella Tell About Stormwater Run Off

The problem we would like to tell you about is storm-water-run-off.  Sometimes when there are huge storms the sewage treatment plant gets overwhelmed with too much water, garbage and raw sewage you flush down your toilet.  It does not get filtered and gets dumped into the ocean.  And guess what is in that water going down the streets?  There is garbage and that is bad for the environment!  Also, some of your raw sewage you flush down your toilets and your shower water gets dumped out into the ocean without being filtered!  Ewwww!

                                                                      Storm Drain

People are doing things everyday to prevent storm-water-run-off.  We went to the Queens Botanical Gardens and saw some things we are going to tell you about.  We saw a Parking Garden, which the QBG changed from a parking lot to a parking garden, which has lots of plants to suck up water so it won’t go out to the ocean.  We also saw a Bio-swale, a Constructed Wetland, a Cleansing Biotope and a Green Roof.


                                                                       Constructed Wetland

                                                                      Cleansing Biotope

                                                                           Green Roof

                                          Permeable Parking Lot

Tip:  Here in New York City come to The Queens Botanical Garden to see all of these ideas.

Queens Botanical Garden Green Trail Guide

P.S. Come when it’s raining to see them in action!


You can help prevent storm-water-run-off too!  Contact your friends and family and tell them how bad this really is!  Alert your neighborhood! Pick up garbage by the storm drains.

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