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) | Stormwater management | Water storage | Water pipelines | Urban areas | Residential location | Pipe networks

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