FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE03-22
Features Staten Island Bluebelt System On The Web
Interactive Exhibit Highlights City’s Innovative Stormwater Management
Plan For South Richmond
Commissioner Christopher O. Ward of the New York City Department of Environmental
Protection announced today that the agency is featuring the Staten Island
Bluebelt system in a new, interactive exhibit on its Web site. The exhibit
can be accessed at DEP’s home page at www.nyc.gov/dep.
“The Bluebelt is an award-winning program that is enhancing the
natural resources of Staten Island while providing Island residents with
cost-effective stormwater management,” said Commissioner Ward. “Concerned
citizens can now go online to learn about how the program works, read
about progress being made and look at maps and drainage plans for their
The Bluebelt project uses streams, ponds and other wetland areas—instead
of expensive and intrusive storm sewers—to perform the natural functions
of conveying, storing and filtering stormwater. Under the Bluebelt program,
DEP has developed drainage plans for 16 watersheds in South Richmond.
The new Web exhibit features a description of the Bluebelt program;
links to Bluebelt newsletters that the DEP has been publishing since 1996;
maps of the various Bluebelt watersheds; and photos of progress that has
already been made in creating the Bluebelt system.
The new exhibit also features a full-color diagram detailing the various
man-made and natural features that make up a bluebelt system, how those
various features are related and interact with each other, and how they
are integrated into the existing storm sewer system that exists in some
parts of South Richmond.