Bioswales, if you have no idea what they are, you have seen them. Pretty much lookS like large flower beds, but help to absorb water run-off caused by an issue the city never addresses, cementing over every fucking inch of green in the city, chopping down trees left and right. You see this all the time, especially in Queens, homes tear up every bit of yard so they can put in a cement driveway or parking space, so there goes nature’s Bioswales. A one family house is torn down so shitty cheap third world multi-apartments can fill up the entire space with no green, which some green is required, so there goes nature’s Bioswales. In Jamaica, you see these “cement yards”, especially in certain immigrant homes all over the damn place.
How about plain old common sense. NO more removing yards from homes period. No more building to the edge of the perimeter, period. I know a law was passed, several years ago and a lame one at that where a new house/building must have a certain percentage of green (very little) but even that does not happen, because it is not ENFORCED. Many of our quality of life issues are due to NO ENFORCEMENT. So we waste money on shit like this (although certain areas that don’t have much green benefit by this), which does really nothing, except make someone money, we pass bills where laws already exist and all the other bullshit. But then who the hell is going to maintain these Bioswales on a weekly basis, to make sure they are properly trimmed and cleaned because low-class ghetto slobs just dump garbage in them, like the one below in Jamaica. Though really not a true bioswales, I mean look what happen to this.
Again if laws were enforced, if the city did not just turn a blind eye to all the cementing over everything, there would be no need to spend all this money on what natures does normally if you leave it be.
There is no secret in running a large city, you just need smart leadership, non-corrupt agencies and oversight and cut out all the fucking wasted fat. And of course ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS.
From DNA Info New York:
City to Build 300 Rain Gardens in Queens to Curb Newtown Creek Pollution
The city is building more than 300 rain gardens on streets in western Queens, part of a $7.3 million project to help curb pollution flowing into nearby Newtown Creek.View Full Caption
SUNNYSIDE — The city is building more than 300 rain gardens on streets in western Queens, part of a $7.3 million project to help curb pollution flowing into nearby Newtown Creek, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.
The 321 gardens — also known as bioswales — are being built in Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood, largely clustered east of the Kosciuszko Bridge and in neighborhoods around the Queens-Midtown Expressway in Queens Community Boards 2 and 5.
“Cleaning up Newtown Creek is a priority for DEP,” the agency’s Commissioner Steven Lawitts said in a statement about the project.
Each rain garden will have the capacity to absorb up to 2,500 gallons of water during a storm, and all 321 together are estimated to collect as much as 38 million gallons a year, the DEP says.
The 321 gardens are being built in Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood.View Full Caption
The gardens look like sidewalk tree pits and vary in size, and are filled with flowers and other plants, according to the DEP. They’re constructed by excavating a five-foot-deep hole that’s then filled with soil and stone that’s designed to hold and infiltrate water.
The project is expected to be completed later this year, according to the DEP.