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Dodson 2011 09-26

  1. 1. Green Infrastructure:A Truly Public Utility<br />Khris Dodson<br />Environmental Finance Center, Syracuse University<br />serving EPA region 2<br />September 2011<br />
  2. 2. Cisterns have been around for a long time…<br />What is old is new again…<br />Rain has always been a resource!<br />
  3. 3. But this is not your grandma’s rain barrel…<br />
  4. 4. Communicating with the Public<br />
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  6. 6. Understanding CSOs<br />
  7. 7. Catch Basin<br />Dry Weather Flow<br />During dry weather, sanitary flows are collected in combined sewers for treatment at Wastewater treatment facilities<br />CombinedSewer<br />SanitarySewer<br />Creek<br />Interceptor Sewer to Wastewater Treatment Facility<br />
  8. 8. Roof Leaders<br />Stormwater Runoff<br />Catch Basin<br />Combined Sewer Overflow<br />During wet weather, inflows exceed the collection system’s capacity and trigger a CSO<br />CombinedSewer<br />SanitarySewer<br />Creek<br />Interceptor Sewer to Wastewater Treatment Facility<br />
  9. 9. Roof Leader<br />Stormwater Runoff<br />Porous Roadway<br />Dry Weather Flow<br />Green solutions intercept and reduce stormwater flows to sewers, providing storage, infiltration, and treatment<br />Vegetated Swale<br />SanitarySewer<br />Combined Sewer<br />Creek<br />Interceptor Sewer to Wastewater Treatment Facility<br />
  10. 10. Syracuse: A case study<br />
  11. 11. History<br />1988 – Atlantic States Legal Foundation files lawsuit against County<br />1989 – Litigation settled through METRO consent judgment<br />1998 – METRO consent judgment replaced with Amended Consent Judgment (ACJ)<br />1st ACJ amendment May 1998<br />2006 ACJ Amended to include consolidation of ammonia and phosphorus treatment and Harbor Brook conveyances and RTF<br />3rd Amendment April 2008 (Extension) <br />2009 ACJ amended to authorize use of Gray and Green infrastructure<br />Onondaga Lake Facts<br />Watershed: 285 Square Miles<br />1 Mile Wide – 4.6 Miles Long<br />Average Depth: 35 feet<br />Max Depth: 63 feet<br />1940 – Swimming Banned<br />1970 – Fishing Banned<br />
  12. 12. Midland Ave RTF<br />CSO Storage, <br />Treatment and Conveyance Project <br />
  13. 13. Conveyance<br />Trench<br />CSO 044<br />Conveyance Piping<br />Awaiting Installation<br />Conveyance project under construction through south side neighborhoodcausing significant disruption<br />
  14. 14. Large diameter conveyance pipeline dwarfs front end loader and operator<br />
  15. 15. Environmental Justice<br />Green Infrastructure means…<br /><ul><li> Injustice of Midland plant will not be repeated
  16. 16. Onondaga Creek & Harbor Brook will be cleaner
  17. 17. Community investment and beautification instead of further disruption</li></li></ul><li>Green Infrastructure<br /><ul><li>Solution to capacity problems with underground storage – reduce the rain!
  18. 18. Proposed by Onondaga Nation</li></ul>Partnership for Onondaga Creek<br />2010 - lspeer@mrss.com<br />
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  20. 20. 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. <br />
  21. 21. Education & Outreach<br />Save the Rain means…<br />
  22. 22. …being enthusiastic!<br />
  23. 23. Bringing people together…<br />
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  26. 26. Save the Rain Outreach Programs<br />Workshops<br />Intro to GI for Businesses<br />GI for New Homeowners<br />Community Workshop<br />Rain Barrel <br />Landscape Professionals<br />Pervious Products<br />GI for Youth<br />GI and Art for Children<br />Nature in the City<br />High school classrooms<br />Exhibiting at Events<br />Design Charettes<br />Demonstration Projects<br />…and the Green Improvement Fund for Businesses too!<br />
  27. 27. Brochures, activity books, bookmarks, and a board game: “Raindrop Run” <br />
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  29. 29. Contact me:<br />Khris Dodson<br /> Communications and Program Manager<br /> Environmental Finance Center<br /> 315-443-8818<br />kdodson@syracusecoe.org<br />www.savetherain.us<br />

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