#NYC juxtaposition via Mark Izeman
Report: Runoff Pollutes NY & NJ Beaches, But There’s a Cleaner, Greener Future: http://bit.ly/16zFPLn.
For the third consecutive year, NRDC’s Testing the Waters reported over 20,000 closing and advisory days at America’s beaches because of polluted water or threatened contamination.
In New York and New Jersey alone, the total approached 2,000 days for the second consecutive year. As in past years, the most common known pollution source was stormwater runoff, which carries all varieties of filth from roadways, rooftops, and parking lots into sewer systems, which then dump this mess into local waterways.
…While polluted runoff is the clear villain in this story, the good news is that we know how to beat it. By using more “green infrastructure” in our cityscapes – which includes measures ranging from porous pavement on roadways and sidewalks, to green roofs, parks, roadside plantings and rain barrels — we can stop rain where it falls, capturing it for reuse, or allowing it to filter into the ground naturally. This keeps stormwater from becoming wastewater and prevents sewage systems from overflowing.
Read more: http://bit.ly/16zFPLn.