Attend the NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Annual Citywide Meeting November 15 to Support Green Infrastructure

November 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

If you live in the NYC area, you need to attend the NYC DEP meeting this Thursday, November 15

Recently, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) approved seven plans and has proposed two more – without a public hearing (S.W.I.M. Coalition) – to address the issue of sewer overflows. On November 15th, they are holding their annual citywide CSO (combined sewer overflow) meeting to review these series of Long Term Control Plans (LTCP) for nine NYC waterways.  Everyone is welcome to attend, but you must register first.

The NYC DEP is tasked to protect public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution.

Environmental Groups Speak Out

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other groups such as the Storm Water Infrastructure Matters Coalition (S.W.I.M.) have spoken loudly for citizen input regarding the changes proposed to the NYC DEP’s new Long Term Control Plans.  They believe the city’s plans are deeply flawed and would continue to allow massive amounts of sewage to flow into waters across the city.

The environmental groups also feel the plans don’t take full advantage of solutions like green infrastructure — including rain gardens, greenroofs, and street trees — that improve our neighborhoods and keep our waters clean.

Citizen Input Needed to Support Green Infrastructure

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

Highview Creations installed multiple greenroofs at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in 2013, above and below, with partial funding by the NYC DEP Green Infrastructure Program.

Marni Marjorelle of Alive Structures called to let us know that we have to get the word out to help defend the health of New York’s waterways, which in turn includes green infrastructure (GI) and greenroofs, of course.

“We need to show up in numbers at this meeting to show DEP that Green Infrastructure is not just a clean water issue.  Showing up in numbers tells the DEP that green roofs and other forms of GI are important to the entire environmental community as well as a growing industry and a educational tool.

The DEP GI program has not had huge success in the past, but they have made significant changes which will help the program create more GI projects in the future.  This is not the time to give up on this program but time to make it stronger.” ~ Marni Marjorelle, Alive Structures

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

A bird’s eye view of the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Playscape and Green Roof.


“Over 20 billion gallons of raw sewage and polluted runoff flow into New York waterways like the Hudson River, the East River, the Bronx River, Long Island Sound, Jamaica Bay, Flushing Bay, and the Gowanus Canal every year. Tell Mayor Bill de Blasio and other key local elected officials and decision makers to clean up our water!  We need a better plan…immediately.”~ NRDC November 9, 2017 eNewsletter

The NRDC urges you to take action and send a message to New York City Mayor de Blasio and other key local elected officials and decision makers telling them to keep raw sewage out of NYC’s waterways.


S.W.I.M. is a coalition dedicated to ensuring swimmable and fishable waters around New York City through natural, sustainable stormwater management practices – green infrastructure – in our neighborhoods.

“The City’s proposed CSO Long Term Control Plans will not make our waterways safe for recreational activities. They will leave hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage overflows in each waterbody annually, on dozens of occasions per year.  Many of the plans do not reduce overflow volume at all and instead call for diverting raw sewage into the East River or dumping chlorine into raw sewage before discharging it to rivers, creeks, and bays. ~ S.W.I.M. Action Alert

They are asking you to join them at the public meeting and let the city hear from you.  Let them know that the proposed plans for NYC’s waterways do not go far enough and the public expects them to do better.

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm #2 at Brooklyn Navy Yard, also funded as a stormwater management project by a NYC DEP Green Infrastructure Grant under PlaNYC in 2011.

Meeting Specifics

While the City has held waterway specific meetings throughout the year, this meeting will focus on the whole CSO Program.  Agenda items will include:

  • Status updates on each Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) including those approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • NYC Green Infrastructure Program implementation
  • Coordination the CSO Program and the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program

What: NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Annual Citywide meeting
When: Wednesday November 15, 2017, 6-8pm
Where: CUNY School of Law, 2 Court Square West, Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101

Register for the event.

NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure

Spurred by the recent success of the citizens of Denver and the passage of the Green Roof Initiative (I-300) last week, the importance of public involvement cannot be overstated.

If you live in New York City, it would certainly be in your best interest to become very familiar with the proposed NYC DEP Long Term Control Plans, and the various groups and interested individuals who are promoting green infrastructure in your area!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

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NYC DEP Long Term Control Plan Meeting Green Infrastructure’s “This Week in Review” on GreenroofsTV: May 25, 2012

May 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Each week you can expect to learn What’s New here on through our “This Week in Review” video.  Here is the transcript from May 25, 2012 from our daughter, Anjuli – click on the photo below to see the video, or here.  Enjoy!

– Hello, I’m Anjuli Velázquez and welcome to “This Week in Review” for May 25, 2012  on GreenroofsTV.

Project of the Week

–  Our project of the week is the  Private Kiawah Island Residential Green Roof, built in 2011 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  This greenroof is located in the marsh sensitive ecology of coastal South Carolina; and perennial grasses were chosen in order to create a seamless visual transition from the roof to the marsh below.  The semi-intensive greenroof works to visually outline the union between the building and the surrounding tidal marsh environment and also works to protect the vital buffer zone from harmful storm water.

The installation was challenging as space was limited for staging materials and lifting the growing media and pavers to the roof, but the team at Living Roofs, Inc. persevered through hot and muggy Charleston weather to finish another beautifully successful project.  The roof will significantly reduce storm water that would have previously dumped runoff into an important buffer zone just feet away.  The design seeks to minimize delineations between the roof structure and the surrounding environment, and Living Roofs, Inc. consulted on plant selection to help blend in the marsh view.  Walking among the perennial grasses on the roof is just like wandering through the native marshland at grade.

– To learn more about the Private Kiawah Island Residential Green Roof,  click on our project of the week photo on our homepage (or on the above photos).

What’s New

Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Video

– Watch the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode  24: Panel Session “Greenroofs: Wind & Fire” with Kelly Luckett, Mike Ennis, and Jim Kirby.

And find the rest of the videos in this series on our GreenroofsTV page and/or our greenroofsTV YouTube channel.

Advertiser Press Releases:

–  First Sun-Root™ System Installed In North America by Green Roof Technology and Highview Creations.

–  Entrance to Harrah’s Cherokee to Feature a Stunning Green Roof by LiveRoof ®.

Green Living Technologies Founder, George Irwin, to Speak in Honduras as part of the U.S. Department of State International Information Programs.


–  Sika Sarnafil USA is seeking a Regional Sales Manager in the Greater Chicago Area, Illinois.

–  Sky Gardens Blog

– Over at Sky Gardens, check out Linda’s latest posts: “Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit 2011 Episode 24: Greenroofs: Wind & Fire Panel,” and “’s “˜This Week in Review’ on GreenroofsTV: May 18, 2012.”

– “Upcoming Events“

–  Going on since May 23rd and through Saturday, the 26th: is EXPO Construe 2012, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

–  And May 30th-31st: is the UrbanTec China Conference, in Beijing, China.

– “In the News“

–  David Templeton of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette talks about “New building in Phipps Conservatory is greenest of its kind.”  The new Center for Sustainable Landscapes building behind the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland features old-barn wood sidings, lots of windows and a rooftop garden.  It also represents America’s largest green building at 24,350 square feet and can claim net-zero energy and water usage.  The center will capture rainwater, then process it in wetland lagoons with sewage retained in wetland pits and then processed through sand filters, allowing the water’s reuse inside the building.  With ultraviolet technology, processed rainwater will be distilled to 100% pharmaceutical grade, but be used to water Phipps’ orchids.

The education, administration and research complex features a $500,000 solar-photovoltaic panel array with ground-mounted panels and others atop various Phipps buildings.  The solar-photovoltaic panels will produce 124 kilowatts of electricity with additional power generated by the 5-kilowatt vertical-axis wind turbine and 14 geothermal wells.  Building design also includes passive heating, cooling and lighting, including the rooftop garden, a large atrium, ventilation, a highly efficient air-conditioning system and triple-pane windows, all of which reduce the building’s energy needs by 80%.  Although the building is more expensive than the typical office building, Phipps’ benefits include never having to pay monthly bills for electricity, natural gas, water or sewage for the building.

–  Alice Hutton of the Cambridge News, says “Display is heaven scent for hay fever sufferers.”  More than 157,000 visitors will fill up this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week with floral displays, alpine troughs and rooftop gardens which are among some of the examples of horticulture remedies for hay fever sufferers.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden has collaborated with plant nursery Scotsdales, in Great Shelford, to create a garden with the lowest pollen count possible.

Urban Greening – Not To Be Sneezed At is displayed in the Great Pavilion and was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal College of Pathologists and is filled with the flowers and plants least likely to agitate allergies.  High allergen culprits like silver birch are replaced with low-allergen Japanese maples and ornamental shrubs like choisya and citrus are selected over lavender and fremontodendron, and the low-allergen Allium are used instead of itch-inducing Globe Thistles.  Check out the full article to find out how to buy tickets to the flower show.

– To learn more about these stories and new ones posted daily, go to our In the News or Newslinks section of our website.

– Send us your green articles, videos and images to and share your greenroof or greenwall info with the world!

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– This has been This Week in Review for May 25, 2012    on GreenroofsTV.  I’m Anjuli Velázquez and I’ll see you next week!

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Did we miss something?  We’d love to hear from you!

~ Linda V.