Green Infrastructure Grant Program
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rules
In 2012, the Department signed a Consent Order modifying a 2005 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Consent Order (DEC Case No CO2-20000107-8, as modified) to reduce combined sewer overflows (“CSOs”) and committed to construct and implement green stormwater management practices (also known as “green infrastructure”) that are part of a broader green/grey strategy (i.e., also employing “grey infrastructure,” which includes CSO storage facilities and other engineered projects) to improve water quality in local waterways. Specifically, the Department is required to manage one (1) inch of rainfall on ten percent (10%) of the impervious surfaces within combined sewer areas by 2030 using green infrastructure. The Department established its Office of Green Infrastructure to implement the Green Infrastructure Grant Program (“Program”) and launched the Program in order to partner with stakeholders and community groups in the construction and maintenance of green infrastructure. The Program provides funding to private property owners for the design and construction of qualified green infrastructure practices. Grants under this Program are available to owners of property located within the five (5) boroughs of the City of New York whose property and proposals meet the criteria set forth by the Department.
This rulemaking sets forth the determination by the Commissioner of the Department as to the requirements for eligible projects and grant applicants, the application process, compliance and administration and funding requirements under the Program. The Department is therefore proposing the following new rules, to be found at 15 RCNY Chapter 48.
The Rules are authorized by Section 1403 of the Charter of the City of New York and Section 24-501 et seq. of the Administrative Code.