The NYC DEP is installing bioswales – or curbside gardens – along sidewalks in Maspeth and Middle Village. The program aims to reduce stormwater runoff, which contributes to combined sewer overflows that pollute Newtown Creek. Since many people in the area have paved over their yards in recent years, this program is much needed to also reduce flooding. As for maintenance, DEP has provided the following information: “DEP provides funding to the Department of Parks and Recreation who assigns maintenance crews dedicated to the upkeep of the bioswales, including trash removal, pruning the trees and caring for the plants. Maintenance crews are active seven days a week and visit each bioswale approximately once a week.”