Rain Gardens at Queens College to Divert Stormwater

November 9, 2012 | Campus Sustainability News

Queens College celebrated the opening of three separate rain gardens at their campus in October, which will help divert almost 1 million gallons of stormwater annually out of the sewage system, helping in turn to preserve water quality in nearby Flushing Creek. The rain gardens replace 18,000sqft of impervious asphalt and concreted with a combination of permeable pavers and vegetation, which capture and divert rain water from the sewage system. Built with $386,000 of funding from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program, the rain gardens were officially opened by Queens College President James Muyskens, together with DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland, City Council member James Gennaro and New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky.