The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) builds and maintains rain gardens to manage stormwater runoff from streets and sidewalks.
Rain gardens are planted areas that may look similar to a street tree pit or small garden. You can identify a rain garden by the following features:
- Black metal fence with a bright blue rain garden decal along the fence post
- Typically a tree and a variety of plants
- Curb inlet and outlet that allow storm-water to enter the rain garden
- Low area in the center to collect storm-water
DEP schedules new Rain Garden plantings and manages regular planting maintenance during the spring and fall seasons.
Rain gardens and other types of green infrastructure have the following positive environmental impacts:
- They beautify neighborhoods
- Purify the air
- Reduce temperatures during hot weather
- Improve street drainage, AND
- Reduce puddles and ponds
If you have questions or want more information about rain gardens you can contact DEP by email or phone.
Send an email to RainGardens@dep.nyc.gov