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Green Infrastructure: A Truly Public Utility. Khris Dodson Environmental Finance Center, Syracuse University serving EPA region 2 September 2011. Cisterns have been around for a long time…. What is old is new again…. Rain has always been a resource!.

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green infrastructure a truly public utility

Green Infrastructure:A Truly Public Utility

Khris Dodson

Environmental Finance Center, Syracuse University

serving EPA region 2

September 2011

cisterns have been around for a long time
Cisterns have been around for a long time…

What is old is new again…

Rain has always been a resource!

slide7

Catch Basin

Dry Weather Flow

During dry weather, sanitary flows are collected in combined sewers for treatment at Wastewater treatment facilities

CombinedSewer

SanitarySewer

Creek

Interceptor Sewer to Wastewater Treatment Facility

during wet weather inflows exceed the collection system s capacity and trigger a cso

Roof Leaders

Stormwater Runoff

Catch Basin

Combined Sewer Overflow

During wet weather, inflows exceed the collection system’s capacity and trigger a CSO

CombinedSewer

SanitarySewer

Creek

Interceptor Sewer to Wastewater Treatment Facility

slide9

Roof Leader

Stormwater Runoff

Porous Roadway

Dry Weather Flow

Green solutions intercept and reduce stormwater flows to sewers, providing storage, infiltration, and treatment

Vegetated Swale

SanitarySewer

Combined Sewer

Creek

Interceptor Sewer to Wastewater Treatment Facility

history

1988 – Atlantic States Legal Foundation files lawsuit against County

  • 1989 – Litigation settled through METRO consent judgment
  • 1998 – METRO consent judgment replaced with Amended Consent Judgment (ACJ)
  • 1st ACJ amendment May 1998
  • 2006 ACJ Amended to include consolidation of ammonia and phosphorus treatment and Harbor Brook conveyances and RTF
  • 3rd Amendment April 2008 (Extension)
  • 2009 ACJ amended to authorize use of Gray and Green infrastructure
History

Onondaga Lake Facts

Watershed: 285 Square Miles

1 Mile Wide – 4.6 Miles Long

Average Depth: 35 feet

Max Depth: 63 feet

1940 – Swimming Banned

1970 – Fishing Banned

midland ave rtf
Midland Ave RTF

CSO Storage,

Treatment and Conveyance Project

slide13

Conveyance

Trench

CSO 044

Conveyance Piping

Awaiting Installation

Conveyance project under construction through south side neighborhoodcausing significant disruption

slide15

Environmental Justice

  • Green Infrastructure means…
  • Injustice of Midland plant will not be repeated
  • Onondaga Creek & Harbor Brook will be cleaner
  • Community investment and beautification instead of further disruption
slide16

Green Infrastructure

  • Solution to capacity problems with underground storage – reduce the rain!
  • Proposed by Onondaga Nation

Partnership for Onondaga Creek

2010 - [email protected]

slide18
During 2008 and 2009 the POC, Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF cooperated to obtain over 200 surveys among five neighborhoods of the Midland and Clinton Sewershed to assess public attitudes toward Green Infrastructure (GI) Implementation.
education outreach
Education & Outreach

Save the Rain means…

save the rain outreach programs

Workshops

Intro to GI for Businesses

GI for New Homeowners

Community Workshop

Rain Barrel

Landscape Professionals

Pervious Products

GI for Youth

GI and Art for Children

Nature in the City

High school classrooms

Exhibiting at Events

Design Charettes

Demonstration Projects

…and the Green Improvement Fund for Businesses too!

Save the Rain Outreach Programs
contact me
Contact me:
  • Khris Dodson

Communications and Program Manager

Environmental Finance Center

315-443-8818

[email protected]

www.savetherain.us

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