Major Stormwater Resilience Initiative to Take Place at Green-Wood Cemetery


A new stormwater resiliency initiative has been announced for Green-Wood Cemetery.

This new project, which was announced by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, was created to show how public and private entities in New York can work together to increase stormwater resilience in the city, according to the DEP.

Green-Wood is one of the largest areas of private land in New York, with 478 acres in total. Due to Green-Wood’s massive size, the DEP said the cemetery provides excellent opportunities to help reduce the amount of runoff that enters the city’s combined sewer system.

To achieve this, the project will integrate a number of different green water practices.

These practices include integrating a pond renovation with smart sensors, installing bioretention ponds along impermeable surfaces, underground storage and installing a new rainwater harvesting system, according to DEP.

In total, the Stormwater Resilience Project is estimated to manage approximately 51 million gallons of stormwater runoff on an annual basis.

This new venture came to fruition through DEP’s Resilient NYC Partner Program and EFC’s Green Innovation Grant Program.

The project is the first initiative to benefit from DEP’s Resilient NYC Partners program. The $53 million program was created to manage on-site stormwater and green the properties of private homeowners residing in New York City.

The DEP said it would provide Green-Wood Cemetery a total of $600,000 for the project.

The Green-Wood Cemetery Stormwater Resilience Initiative is expected to be completed in 2024.


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