Sustainable Long Island to Launch Rainwater Capture and Storm Water Management Program

Sustainable Long Island has been awarded $15,000 from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute’s (NYSP2I) Community Grants Program to launch a new initiative entitled “Reduce Rain Runoff.” This rainwater capture and storm water management program will implement conservation practices within Long Beach and East Islip and emphasize the importance of more wisely and carefully using Long Island’s natural resource of water.

DSCN0869“The ‘Reduce Rain Runoff’ initiative will have tangible, positive effects on the environment by reducing flooding from storm water runoff, increasing the areas that allow for water recharge above a sole source aquifer, and reducing carbon emissions through the planting of new rain gardens, trees, and bioswales,” said Amy Engel, Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island.

Sustainable Long Island will design, install, and implement rainwater capture and storm water runoff infrastructure projects in prominent public areas within Long Beach and East Islip, accompanied by signage to explain its significance and importance. These projects may include some of the following green infrastructure:

  • Rain gardens (15 gallons per sq. ft.)
  • Flow-through planters (30 gallons per planter)
  • Rain barrels (52 gallons)
  • Bioswales (15 gallons per sq. ft.)
  • Infiltration planters (15 gallons per sq. ft.).

Sustainable Long Island will also work closely with the Long Beach City Council and East Islip School Board to encourage their community and schools to participate in raising awareness, and promoting implementation of rain water capture devices and plantings.

As an educational component, Sustainable Long Island will develop two separate brochures (residential and commercial) to promote the initiative and include practical, easily implementable techniques to reduce rain runoff at home or in the workplace in order to prevent pollution and flooding, enhance water quality, and protect and improve the local environment.

“This grant moves us forward with the City’s overall goal of becoming a model of resiliency and sustainability,” said Long Beach City Council President Anthony Eramo. “We sincerely appreciate Sustainable Long Island’s efforts to secure funding to move our goals forward.”

“Supporting this grant would advance the work we did with students from the NYU Capstone Project – producing the Green Toolkit and recommendations from the EPA funded Global Green report,” commented Long Beach Director of Economic Development Patti Bourne. “The NYU Green Toolkit was developed with Sustainable Long Island, and they have been very supportive of our resiliency efforts.”


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