Last week Barbara and Johanna took us on a trip to the gutters, drains, and tree pits around 610 Henry. Our mission? To see how well equipped the neighborhood is to handle “excess” rainwater. We learned that when it rains more than 2 inches in New York City, water treatment centers get overloaded and stop being able to process dirty water. That means it gets dumped directly into our waterways! We can help by making sure our neighborhood has lots of ways to slow down or absorb rainwater as it falls.
After visiting several storm drains, tree pits, and the shed, it was on to the Eco Casita to explore other ecological features that help our waterways.
After conducting their survey, the kids had some time to design inventions that would address the problem of rainwater runoff.