Green parking lot in New York City helps vegetation flourish…
Parking lots have multiple uses. They can give your vehicle a home while you run into the grocery store, or they can help flowers and vegetation grow, making the earth a greener more beautiful place. How, you ask?
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City just completed a green infrastructure that treats storm water runoff in parking lots.
Here is how it works: the green technology was installed in a bus depot’s parking lot and designed to capture the lot’s storm water, which then gets redirected to a newly created bioswale—a vegetated area that can hold large amounts of water.
An estimated 21,000 gallons of rainwater will flow to the bioswale and beautify New York City. There, the plants will remove pollutants– oil from parking lots or pesticides from the storm water.
These systems allow rainfall to soak into the soil instead of overflowing into the sewers and rivers and encourage the growth of new native grasses and plants.
The DEP will monitor this project throughout the year to measure its effectiveness and determine whether this project should be implemented throughout the entire city.
The good news is these types of projects are gaining popularity all over the country. It can be a little pricey to create the systems, but the benefits of improved water quality and reduced sewage are well worth it.
It will be interesting to see how many parking lots go green in the near future. What miraculous feat will parking lots accomplish next?
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