A healthy bioswale in Soundview. Dozens of these were installed in 2014 to improve water quality in the Bronx River by reducing combined sewer overflows. They also reduce flooding and beautify the neighborhood!
Not only did the grasses and flowers in the new street bioswales along Story Ave come to life in the spring of 2015, the interest of local youth in these green infrastructure features and their relationship to the river also flourished.
Ten students from Arena High School in Soundview participated with the Bronx River Alliance in our Bioswale Watch program. For six weeks, students braved the elements to check in on their local bioswales, noting debris, litter, and any weeds or dying plants and reporting any problems to 311. Students also used this opportunity to connect with the community and educate passersby on how these bioswales help improve water quality in the Bronx River by reducing the number of combined sewer overflows. One student even posted creative signs to encourage persons to keep the bioswales free of litter and to report any neglect to 311. Students from the school will continue watching and caring for local bioswales into the 2016 school year.
|A student-created sign encouraging neighbors to take care of new bioswales|