On our field trip around the New York City waterways, I closely followed the sewage system. I was very interested in how a city so vast as New York deposited their waste and what it did to the environment. I always thought of myself as someone who was very environmentally friendly, but it wasn’t until the guest speakers talked to us that I realized all of the little things I was doing that were hurting the environment in a big way.
It never occurred to me that a simple task such as brushing my teeth was hurting the water system so much. The amount of plastic that is your own toothpaste is minuscule but when over 8 million people are brushing their teeth, the drainage into the rivers can cause a major problem. Another issue with the sewage system is the amount of overflow that goes into the rivers because of flooding cause by storms. We must put in place a better system for dealing with flooding because the amount of storms happening in the next few years will be increasing immensely due to global warming.
I cannot stress enough that education is the root key to solving the environmental issues we face today. I myself was in the dark about these matters until I was educated by our fantastic guest speakers we had on the circle line the other day. They spoke so passionately about the issues and made it clear that we could still make a change in the amount of pollution in our waterways.


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  1. I agree that it was eye opening to learn about the inefficiency of our sewage systems. The current stormwater and wastewater infrastructure is not sufficient in treating the large amount of sewage in existence, allowing the raw and untreated water to reach the river. This past weekend, I volunteered at a local community garden, where they are all about permaculture and water conservation. One of the gardeners who has been working there since they started nearly 20 years ago showed me the path that stormwater runoff used to take into the sewage system. She explained that this water could have been saved and used to water plants, but was being wasted. As a result, they created permeable ground where the water would run through, but instead of running through into the sewage system, it would be sink through the ground into a reservoir where they save for future use to water the plants. In this way, the stormwater runoff is vastly diminished. It is up to our generation of designers to materialize a better system that deals with the effects of flooding in our sewage systems, because it will only get worse.


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