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.

By Email

Send an email to RainGardens@dep.nyc.gov

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

You can report a drainage or maintenance issue with a Rain Garden. 

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) builds and maintains rain gardens (also known as right-of-way bioswales) to manage storm water and improve water quality in local waterways. 

Rain gardens are planted areas that may look similar to a street tree pit or small garden, designed to collect and manage storm water that runs off the streets and sidewalks when it rains. 

DEP schedules new Rain Garden plantings and manages planting maintenance regularly during the spring and fall seasons. 

Rain gardens are identified with blue DEP stickers.