Report highlighting the successful maintenance stormwater BMPs that ensures flood protection and improves water quality at New York City’s Staten Island Bluebelt.
(2009) By the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Hazen and Sawyer. The innovative application of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) and green infrastructure has become an established stormwater management approach across the nation. However, compared to the conventional pipe-based stormwater facilities, BMPs are much more maintenance-intensive and their performance is dependent on the level of maintenance.
The Bluebelt Program provides evidence that successful design and maintenance of stormwater BMPs ensures flood protection and improves water quality. Successful maintenance can be achieved by considering maintenance issues when designing the BMP, creating maintenance cards, involving and educating the community and evaluating all available tools to successfully handle the maintenance needs. Properly maintaining all the Bluebelt’s BMPs allows for the continued success of Staten Island’s large-scale green stormwater management system.