Sep 12 2014
In the News: how we get our water, better planning for the Rockaways & more
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Enjoying the fountain in Washington Square Park.
Photo credit: John St. John  via Creative Commons
September 12, 2014
In the News: how we get our water, better planning for the Rockaways & more
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In the News

How New York City Gets its Water: From Reservoir to Tap

Most New Yorkers go about their days using water to bathe, make coffee, wash their hands or flush the toilet without much thought to where it originates. But behind each drop of water is a journey that can begin up to 125 miles away in upstate New York. [amNY]


Green Groups to New York City: Drop Dead

Yet New York City is surprisingly green. Approximately 1/8 of the city is covered by forests, marshes and meadows. In fact, New York has a higher percentage of open space than any major city in United States; more than Los Angeles and Philadelphia combined. [Huffington Post]


Expert Panel to Warn of ‘Dangerously Hot’ Subways

Climate change doesn’t just heighten the risks of subway system flooding, as Hurricane Sandy so neatly demonstrated. It also threatens to create “dangerously hot” conditions on subway platforms… [Capital New York]


Thousands of Gallons of Oil Dumped Into the Dutch Kills Tributary This Summer

Throughout the summer of 2014, reports of fresh oil sheens have been reported along Newtown Creek…Yesterday, the DEC found that point source on Dutch Kills, and probably found the polluter who has been illegally dumping literally thousands of gallons of oil directly into the water all summer. [Brownstoner Queens]


Water’s Edge: The Crisis of Rising Sea Levels

A Reuters analysis finds that flooding is increasing along much of the nation’s coastline, forcing many communities into costly, controversial struggles with a relentless foe. [Reuters]


Knocking Bloomberg, de Blasio touts a ‘transcendent’ moment

At the beachfront Coney Island Houses, which 1,400 New Yorkers call home…the city will use the $108 million to, among other things, elevate boilers above the floodplain, create a flood barrier system and install generators that can kick in during the next debilitating storm. [Capital New York]


Schumer Announces $1.4 Million in Federal Funds for Transportation & Housing Study in Rockaway

The neighborhoods of Rockaway were among the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to significant flooding of the area, service on the “A” train was suspended for six months due to damage from the storm, leaving residents stranded with limited access to jobs, education, and services. [Office of Senator Charles E. Schumer]

Enjoying the fountain in Washington Square Park.
Photo credit: John St. John  via Creative Commons