Apiary Studio

The Gowanus Canal Conservancy received two grants from the USEPA and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to design and construct a series of curbside rain gardens (bioswales) that would test green infrastructure technology intended to trap and treat stormwater in the public right of way. The central objective is to keepstormwater out of the sewer system,helping to reduce the volume of sewage that is released into the Gowanus Canal during rain storms. Because NYC utilizes historic infrastructure in the form of a combined sewer system that conveys both stormwater and sewage in the same pipes, it easily becomes overwhelmed during even the smallest storms and releases an average of 377 million gallons of combined sewer overflows into the Gowanus Canal every year. Hans was hired by the Conservancy to manage this project, which was constructed in June, 2014 and will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness over a subsequent three year monitoring and maintenance period.

SIZE: 3 acres

YEAR: 2011 – Ongoing

LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY

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