Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz has written a letter to the New York City Parks Commissioner requesting that several hundred trees be planted throughout the Woodlawn, Van Cortlandt Village, and especially the Norwood communities. These neighborhoods are being affected the most by the construction of the water filtration plant. Unfortunately, perfectly healthy trees were removed in order for the filtration plant to be built, leaving people in the community even more susceptible to health risks caused by the pollution that will be produced throughout the construction process.
The Parks Department plans on spending ten million dollars in the Bronx over the next ten years. However, this does not address the immediate danger to the communities that are at the highest risk to the pollution. "The Bronx already has an outrageously high asthma rate and the city needs to take responsibility by replacing the hundred of mature trees that were removed and plant hundreds trees for the safety of the communities," said Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.