BBG’s environmentally inspired initiatives will conserve 21 million gallons of freshwater per year and involve 60 percent of the Garden’s 52 acres. The Water Conservation Project will be a model of sustainable water management—the first of its kind in a New York City public green space.
A Closer Look at Water Conservation
Recirculate and Capture
The water flowing from the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and along the 1,800-foot-long brook will be refreshed and recirculated. BBG will also make structural changes to capture rainwater, doubling in size the existing storm-water catchment area.
A new Water Garden at the southern end of the brook will play a major role in detaining runoff —reducing the water released into New York City’s sewer system by over 19 million gallons annually.
Enhanced Plant Family Collection
Sections of the Plant Family Collection that line both sides of the brook will be augmented with thousands of new trees, shrubs, bulbs, ferns, and other plants.
A new interpretive strategy and enhanced educational programs will use this project to raise water-use awareness and teach conservation techniques.