Wetlands at Work

by John Vokral, P.E., Chief of Capital Review and Planning; New York City Departmental Protection's Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations,
Dana Gumb, Director; Staten Island Bluebelt Program,
Dean Cavallaro, Deputy Director; Staten Island Bluebelt Program,
Sandeep Mehrotra, P.E., Senior Associate; Hazen and Sawyer, PC,
Eric Rosenberg, (M.ASCE), Project Manager; Hazen and Sawyer, PC,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2003, Vol. 73, Issue 2, Pg. 56-63

Document Type: Feature article


As urbanization spread to the southern portion of Staten Island—the home of New York City's last large stand of freshwater wetlands—the New York City Department of Environmental Protection faced the challenge of preserving the wetlands while providing adequate drainage for neighborhoods. Instead of constructing a network of underground pipes, the department decided to capitalize on the existing waterways' natural ability to convey, store, and filter storm water.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (fresh water)

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