New bioswales on Grove Street in Bushwick to help clean Newtown Creek

The planters, called bioswales, will help control flooding.

The planters, called bioswales, will help control flooding. (6/3/13)

BUSHWICK - Grove Street has some leafy new additions that are both functional and easy on the eyes.

The new plants and trees are bioswales used to collect water and control flooding. The city’s Department of Environmental Protection built 19 of these landscaping elements, which can hold about 2,000 gallons of water each.

The department says the bioswales will help prevent more than 1 million gallons of storm water from reaching the sewer system each year and keep Newtown Creek cleaner.

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