2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference, 11.08.2012                 Different Shades of Green:Using Innovative Green Infrastructure Sol...
Presentation Outline• CSOs in Onondaga County• ASLF, ACJ and Its 4th Stipulation• The Green Infrastructure Program   of On...
CSOs in Onondaga County                                                               City of SyracuseOnondaga County,    ...
About ASLF and ACJ• ASLF is a New York based not-for-  profit, headquartered in the Near Westside  area in the City of Syr...
About ASLF and ACJ• 1st ACJ Amendment in 1998• 2nd ACJ Amendment in 2006• 3rd ACJ Amendment in 2008• Landmark Revision: In...
The Gray-Green Infrastructure ProgramRegulatory Goals • Capture and treat 95% of the annual CSO   volume via Gray & Green ...
The Gray Program Summary• > 30 projects completed• Over $350,000,000 investment to date• 6 major gray projects to be built...
The GREEN Program Summary• 6.3% annual CSO volume capture• 247 million gallons per year• Multiple various scaled projects ...
The ACJ Compliance Milestones• Total Gray + Green volume capture:   • 85.2% by 1/1/2013   • 89.5% by 12/31/2013 (major mil...
Green Program Highlights                                     http://savetherain.us/   Atlantic States Legal Foundation, In...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-County                                                Onondaga County           ...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-County   Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc.   11.08.2012   2012 IECA-LHCCD C...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-County                                                • 15,000 gallon cistern co...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-CountyCollected rainwater is used to produce and maintain the ice in the arena f...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-County                                     County Parking Lot B: Before   Atlant...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-County                                       County Parking Lot B: After   Atlan...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-City • City-County Agreement • GI projects on:     • City streets and right-of-w...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-City            Before                                       Green Water Street ...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-City              Concept                                    Green Water Street ...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-City              After                                      Green Water Street ...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-City                                                         Green Water Street ...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-CitySave the Rain-Courts 4 KidsPorous Basketball Court in SkiddyPark, Syracuse, ...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-CitySave the Rain Vacant Lot Program • Uses publicly owned vacant lots (mainly t...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-CitySave the Rain Vacant Lot Program                   Before                   ...
Green Program Highlights: Public Property-SuburbSuburban Green Infrastructure Program (SGIP) • A grant program to provide ...
Green Program Highlights: Private PropertyGreen Improvement Fund (GIF) Initiative • Onondaga County’s Public‐Private‐Partn...
Green Program Highlights: Outreach & Education • STR Website: SaveTheRain.us • GI Workshops & presentations • Project rela...
Green Program Highlights: Recognition•   In April 2011, Onondaga County and City of Syracuse is designated by EPA as    on...
The Challenges• Planning for Widespread Implementation of GI    • >100 GI projects done to date, but from now on…?        ...
The Challenges• Implementation   • Discrete easily monitored projects vs diffuse small projects that are harder     to qua...
The Challenge• Maintenance (is a big deal)    • Learning curve for GI maintenance    • Site care vs standard maintenance p...
Questions                                 For more information, please visit:                                           ww...
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  1. 1. 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference, 11.08.2012 Different Shades of Green:Using Innovative Green Infrastructure Solutions to Manage Stormwater — A Case Study from Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York Hongbin Gao, Samuel H. Sage ATLANTIC STATES LEGAL FOUNDATION, INC.
  2. 2. Presentation Outline• CSOs in Onondaga County• ASLF, ACJ and Its 4th Stipulation• The Green Infrastructure Program of Onondaga County• Program Highlights• Challenges• Discussion Onondaga Lake, Onondaga County, New York Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  3. 3. CSOs in Onondaga County City of SyracuseOnondaga County, Onondaga Lake New York Onondaga Creek• 7,660 acres• 49 CSOs Harbor Brook• ~1 Billion gallons/year CSO Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  4. 4. About ASLF and ACJ• ASLF is a New York based not-for- profit, headquartered in the Near Westside area in the City of Syracuse• Established in 1982 to provide legal, technical, and organizational services to individuals and organizations dealing with environmental issues ASLF Office Building at 658 West Onondaga Street, Syracuse, New York• 1988 – ASLF filed lawsuit against Onondaga County• 1989 – Litigation settled through METRO WWTP Consent Judgment• 1998 – METRO consent Judgment replaced with Amended Consent Judgment (ACJ) Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  5. 5. About ASLF and ACJ• 1st ACJ Amendment in 1998• 2nd ACJ Amendment in 2006• 3rd ACJ Amendment in 2008• Landmark Revision: In 2009 4th stipulation to ACJ authorized the County to use balanced Gray and Green infrastructure for CSO abatement • The first case in nation with court 4th Stipulation to ACJ, available at approved green strategy http://www.onondagalake.org/docs/ACJSTIPsigned16Nov ember2009.pdf Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  6. 6. The Gray-Green Infrastructure ProgramRegulatory Goals • Capture and treat 95% of the annual CSO volume via Gray & Green Infrastructure • Achieve water quality standards in tributaries and lake by 12/31/2018Community Impacts/Goals Metropolitan Syracuse Wastewater Treatment Plant• Improve quality of life (METRO)• Promote Sustainability http://savetherain.us/ Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  7. 7. The Gray Program Summary• > 30 projects completed• Over $350,000,000 investment to date• 6 major gray projects to be built, besides facility planning for floatable controls• Will contribute to 88.7% of annual CSOs capture system-wide by 2018 6 million Gallon Clinton Storage Facility under Construction Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  8. 8. The GREEN Program Summary• 6.3% annual CSO volume capture• 247 million gallons per year• Multiple various scaled projects throughout combined sewersheds• Compliments Gray Program Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  9. 9. The ACJ Compliance Milestones• Total Gray + Green volume capture: • 85.2% by 1/1/2013 • 89.5% by 12/31/2013 (major milestone) • 91.4% by 12/31/2015 • 93.0% by 12/31/2016 • 95.0% by 21/31/2018 (major milestone)• Extensive monitoring & reporting required Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  10. 10. Green Program Highlights http://savetherain.us/ Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  11. 11. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-County Onondaga County Civic Strip • 14 GI project planned • Estimate 9.6 million gallons of CSO reduction • 6 projects constructed to date Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  12. 12. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-County Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  13. 13. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-County • 15,000 gallon cistern collects rain/snow melting from the War Memorial roof Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  14. 14. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-CountyCollected rainwater is used to produce and maintain the ice in the arena forSyracuse Crunch hockey team, and reusing water allows ice making to occur at1-2 degrees warmer than using potable water, resulting in energy savings Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  15. 15. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-County County Parking Lot B: Before Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  16. 16. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-County County Parking Lot B: After Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  17. 17. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-City • City-County Agreement • GI projects on: • City streets and right-of-ways • City parks and open space • City parking lots • Public facilities • City Building roofs • Vacant Lots The City of Syracuse Ordinance that depicts the City- County Agreement on installing GI on the City properties Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  18. 18. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-City Before Green Water Street Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  19. 19. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-City Concept Green Water Street Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  20. 20. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-City After Green Water Street Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  21. 21. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-City Green Water Street Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  22. 22. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-CitySave the Rain-Courts 4 KidsPorous Basketball Court in SkiddyPark, Syracuse, NY Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  23. 23. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-CitySave the Rain Vacant Lot Program • Uses publicly owned vacant lots (mainly those owned by the City) • Implements GI projects in combination with various reclamation typologies: • Urban Orchard • Ornamental Garden • Vegetable Garden • Urban Forest • Carries a goal of 9 million gallons annual capture by 2018 VLP Pilot Project Rendering: Urban Orchard at 701 Oswego Street, Syracuse, New York Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  24. 24. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-CitySave the Rain Vacant Lot Program Before AfterVLP Pilot Project: Urban Orchard at 701 Oswego Street, Syracuse, New York Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  25. 25. Green Program Highlights: Public Property-SuburbSuburban Green Infrastructure Program (SGIP) • A grant program to provide financial incentives for the installation of green infrastructure projects in suburban towns on the municipally owned properties that are located within the Onondaga County sanitary sewer district. Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  26. 26. Green Program Highlights: Private PropertyGreen Improvement Fund (GIF) Initiative • Onondaga County’s Public‐Private‐Partnership for Incentivizing GI • Funds GI projects on privately owned commercial, business, or not-for- profit facilities in the combined sewer serviced areas where GI implementation is needed • Up to $200,000 for a single project • Reimbursement based process • Over 30 projects funded Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  27. 27. Green Program Highlights: Outreach & Education • STR Website: SaveTheRain.us • GI Workshops & presentations • Project related public outreach • Rain barrel program • >600 rain barrels distributed Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  28. 28. Green Program Highlights: Recognition• In April 2011, Onondaga County and City of Syracuse is designated by EPA as one of 10 partners of EPA to help promote green infrastructure application in the country• Syracuse/Onondaga County is now a featured case study in Rooftops to Rivers II, a Natural Resource Defense Council publication for green infrastructure technologies Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  29. 29. The Challenges• Planning for Widespread Implementation of GI • >100 GI projects done to date, but from now on…? • How to come up with new GI projects • Incorporate various stakeholders’ interests and maximize the benefits of GI • GI is much more than stormwater • The planning should be multi-dimensional • The decision matrix Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  30. 30. The Challenges• Implementation • Discrete easily monitored projects vs diffuse small projects that are harder to quantify • Bringing diffuse participants together to accomplish an end goal required by the County to meet the mandate of the ACJ • Having to understand biology as well as engineering, physics and chemistry Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  31. 31. The Challenge• Maintenance (is a big deal) • Learning curve for GI maintenance • Site care vs standard maintenance practices • Maintenance mechanism(s) • No specific mechanism has been fully developed• Compliance • Methodologies to effectively monitor green infrastructure performance • Ultimate measurement of the compliance to the ACJ Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference
  32. 32. Questions For more information, please visit: www.aslf.org www.onondagalake.org SaveTheRain.us Atlantic States Legal Foundation, Inc. 11.08.2012 2012 IECA-LHCCD Conference

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