Pier 5 Pop Up Wetland Plants Clean the Harlem River

December 10th, 2013 Posted in Front Page News, Pier 5 Pop Up Wetland - first of its kind, Projects, Water Committee

Pier 5 Pop Up Wetland and Plants

Cleans the Water that Runs off the Highway

This extraordinarily creative “best management practice” captures stormwater runoff from the elevated Major Deegan Expressway with a “pop-up wetland”. The wetland is filled with ordinary native plants which remove pollutants, allowing clean water to drain to the river.  Rain passes through a large pipe into a first flush basin, then to the wetland with overflow into the prairie meadow.

Funding for this project is made possible through a grant from the WCS-NOAA South Bronx Waterfront Partnership and Congressman Jose Serrano.

This is a project of the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, the Harlem River Working Group, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Other major partners are: dlandstudio, Gaia Institute, Highbridge Community Life Center, Sustainable South Bronx, U.S. Geological Survey, the National Parks Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, NYC Parks Greenbelt Native Plant Center, New York Restoration Project, and others. It is part of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership program. In 2011, the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) announced efforts on seven pilot locations, one of which is the Bronx & Harlem River Watersheds (New York).

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Mott Haven Herald

River cleanup may point way to new park

By  on September 28, 2013 3:19 pm

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