Pollution problems are making it hard for New York City to find solutions. More strict rules about soot could save more than 3,000 lives in the New York metropolitan area every year. Pollution in New York City comes from sewer overflows, runoff, plastic bottles and trash on the ground, and pollution in the air.
In recent years, the city has come up with creative ways to deal with some of these issues, like using hybrid buses and city vehicles to cut down on pollution. Still, the bigger problems are still there.
It doesn’t take much rain for the city’s sewer system to get too full, and the extra water is sent to New York Harbour. Riverkeeper, a group that works to protect the Hudson River and its tributaries, says that after storms, much of the waterfront and public beaches are unsafe because the runoff contains sewage from buildings and dirty water from the streets.
The overflows hurt fish habitats and make it harder to get around. The harmful effects of runoff could be lessened by planting more trees and other plants. The overflow problem is stopped by rain that waters roof gardens, street trees, and other plants around the city.
Pollution from Plastic Bottles
The idea that bottled water is healthier than tap water is one of the biggest urban legends. In developed countries, nothing could be more wrong. First, fossil fuels are used to make the plastic for water bottles. Then, fossil fuels are used to get the filled bottles to their destinations.
The Earth Policy Institute’s Emily Arnold says that 84 percent of the bottles end up in garbage dumps. She says that 40% of the water in bottles came from the tap in the first place. Arnold says that the problem is that people think that drinking bottled water is healthy and that it’s cool to drink exotic water brands.
Making Streets Green
Reforesting city streets, parks, and homes is one way New York City fights pollution. MillionTreesNYC is an environmental programme that works to solve pollution problems in the city by bringing together the skills of community groups, volunteers, and government agencies.
Trees make streets cooler and clean the air in cities of dust and other pollutants that can make people sick. The tree canopy in New York City helps make up for the bad effects of global warming. Green spaces also make it easier for people to get out and enjoy the city’s beauty and wildlife.
Getting rid of chemicals and pollution
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is in charge of protecting New York’s natural resources and the environment. A big part of their job is to keep chemicals and pollution in check.
DEC improves the health, safety, and welfare of New Yorkers by promoting the use of products, like chemicals and pesticides, in a way that is good for the environment. It does this through programmes for cleaning up the environment and keeping an eye on it, as well as through laws and rules that work.
Our efforts to protect communities from the risks of new contaminants in our water are the best in the country
Emerging contaminants (ECs) are pollutants found in water that could hurt the environment or people’s health but aren’t usually regulated by environmental laws that are already in place. Agriculture, industry, and manufacturing, urban runoff, and everyday household products like soaps and disinfectants, as well as pharmaceuticals that are thrown away in sewage treatment plants and then dumped into surface waters, are all sources of these pollutants.
ECs can get into our water supplies if they are dumped, spilled, dumped as waste in runoff that goes into rivers, dumped as waste in effluent that goes into rivers, or get into the water table through seepage and infiltration. Emerging contaminants are known to harm health in a number of ways, such as by messing with hormones, causing cancer, and other bad things.