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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!


But this is not your grandma s rain barrel

But this is not your grandma’s rain barrel…


Communicating with the public

Communicating with the Public


Understanding csos

Understanding CSOs


Green infrastructure a truly public utility

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


Green infrastructure a truly public utility

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


Syracuse a case study

Syracuse: A case study


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


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Conveyance

Trench

CSO 044

Conveyance Piping

Awaiting Installation

Conveyance project under construction through south side neighborhoodcausing significant disruption


Green infrastructure a truly public utility

Large diameter conveyance pipeline dwarfs front end loader and operator


Green infrastructure a truly public utility

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


Green infrastructure a truly public utility

Green Infrastructure

  • Solution to capacity problems with underground storage – reduce the rain!

  • Proposed by Onondaga Nation

Partnership for Onondaga Creek

2010 - [email protected]


Green infrastructure a truly public utility

  • 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…


Green infrastructure a truly public utility

…being enthusiastic!


Bringing people together

Bringing people together…


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


Green infrastructure a truly public utility

Brochures, activity books, bookmarks, and a board game: “Raindrop Run”


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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