3. Department of Environmental Protection Green Infrastructure

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The Department of Environmental Protection use of green infrastructure in its upstate sites surrounding the Cross River, Croton Falls and Kensico Reservoirs allows the agency to maintain New York City’s unfiltered water supply — one of only five municipalities in the country allowed to do so by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Recent design innovations include the restoration of creek alignments and wetlands, construction of drainage swales, stormwater detention systems and catch basin with filter treatment systems, among a number of other site-specific projects.