URI and the Yale Hixon Center for Urban Ecology in collaboration with the City of New Haven has expanded its work on rain gardens, also called bioswales, to include the construction of seven new installations on Daisy Street and Watson Street in the Newhallville neighborhood of New Haven this year. These build on prior URI work on West Park Avenue, where eight bioswales were constructed and monitored in 2015. This work has been made possible by funding from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.
Bioswales are curb-side gardens that are optimized for stormwater retention and planted in the strip between the street and the sidewalk. Our goals are to 1) improve water quality in New Haven’s rivers and the Long Island Sound, 2) understand how effectively green infrastructure can reduce pollution associated with stormwater runoff, and 3) create new employment.