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Green Infrastructure Solutions to Buffalo's Sewer Overflow Challenge

Green Infrastructure Solutions to Buffalo's Sewer Overflow Challenge

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RIVERKEEPER has prepared a Green Infrastructure Solutions Plan that outlines how this solution would eliminate stormwater flow into the combined sewer system, thereby effectively preventing contaminated urban stormwater runoff from flowing directly into Scajaquada Creek while also reducing Buffalo Sewer Authority project costs.Raw sewage from combined sewer overflows creates a health risk for those who might come into contact with our local waterways while also reducing oxygen levels for fish. By including green infrastructure measures, the project would also provide the benefit of adding desirable complete street components that include bike and pedestrian enhancements, neighborhood beautification and traffic calming benefits. The plan will be featured in The Buffalo News and promoted via various means over the coming weeks.
RIVERKEEPER has prepared a Green Infrastructure Solutions Plan that outlines how this solution would eliminate stormwater flow into the combined sewer system, thereby effectively preventing contaminated urban stormwater runoff from flowing directly into Scajaquada Creek while also reducing Buffalo Sewer Authority project costs.Raw sewage from combined sewer overflows creates a health risk for those who might come into contact with our local waterways while also reducing oxygen levels for fish. By including green infrastructure measures, the project would also provide the benefit of adding desirable complete street components that include bike and pedestrian enhancements, neighborhood beautification and traffic calming benefits. The plan will be featured in The Buffalo News and promoted via various means over the coming weeks.

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SUBMITTED TO
The Residents o WNY and The Bufalo Sewer AuthorityNew York State Department o Environmental ConservationUnited States Environmental Protection Agency
BY BUFFALO NIAGARA RIVERKEEPERWITH FUNDING PROVIDED BY
The Community Foundation o Greater Bufaloand the John R. Oishei Foundation
GreenInrastructureSolutions
TO BUFFALO’SSEWER OVERFLOWCHALLENGE
Draft Feasibility StudyMarch 31, 2011
 
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This report was made possible through unding provided bythe
John R. Oishei Foundation
and the
Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo
.Special gratitude is owed to our
Technical Advisory Committee
who helped shape all o the recommendations in this report, refined our methodology,and provided invaluable assistance in data collection and approach.This report would not have been possible without the many hours they donated to the project.Bruce L. Fisher, Director, Center or Economic and Policy Studies, Bufalo State CollegeRobert Galucci, P.E.Dharma Iyer, P.E.Joy Kuebler, R.L.A., A.S.L.A.Dave Majewski, Premium LandscapeSean Myers, NBT SalutionsLynda Schneekloth, A.S.L.A., Proessor o Landscape Architecture, University o Bufalo1250 Niagara Street, Bufalo, NY 14213 .
TEL
716.852.7483 .
FAX
716.885.0765
. Email
ino@bnriverkeeper.org
Bufalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER
 
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
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ufalo is blessed with an abundance o one o theworld’s most important natural resources: resh water.Our location on the Great Lakes places us in the midsto approximately one th’s o the world’s resh watersupply.Revitalization o the City’s waterront has been a communitypriority or decades – growing in importance as the City reclaimsormer industrial lands or new purposes. Much more than aneconomic engine, the City’s waterways nourish its people withood, opportunities or active recreation, and aesthetic inspiration.Unortunately, two o the City o Bufalo’s principal waterways- the Niagara and Bufalo Rivers, have sufered such substantialdegradation that they were identied as Areas o Concern by theInternational Joint Commission that governs the Great Lakes.In addition to legacy contamination and habitat loss issues,both the Niagara and Bufalo Rivers ace ongoing pollutionrom both sewage and stormwater outalls. Raw sewage romcombined sewer overows creates a health risk or those whomight come into contact with our local waterways while alsoreducing oxygen levels or sh. Stormwater ow carries a ullsuite o problematic chemicals and sediment while also causingood conditions and bank erosion degradation. The traditional or conventional approach to addressing seweroverow conditions is typically to separate the sanitary sewersystem rom the storm sewer and/or to expand sewage storage andtreatment capacity. We call this approach a “grey inrastructure”method. With traditional storm and sewer separation, untreatedstormwater will either be sent directly into our waterways or aseparate treatment system will need to be installed that willaddress the stormwater contaminants beore discharge into ourwaterways.Faced with this same dilemma, other communities withcombined sewer overow systems, including Philadelphia,Onondaga County and Kansas City have chosen to utilize“green inrastructure” to solve a signicant portion o theircombined sewer overow problems. Green inrastructure,in contrast with grey inrastructure, seeks to mimic naturalstormwater management and keeps stormwater out o thesewer system entirely. These communities have entered intolegal agreements, with both the United States EnvironmentalProtection Agency and their respective state authorities, whichsatisy the Combined Sewer Overow abatement requirementso their Clean Water Act State Permitted Discharge EliminationSystem Permit. In these agreements, green inrastructuremeasures were included in the abatement strategies. Regulatedcommunities, in general, agreed to:1. Develop a detailed model o their sewer system that accuratelypredicts how reductions in stormwater inputs or adjustmentsto the sewer conveyance structures will impact overows tothe receiving water bodies.2. Establish a high percentage target rate (95-98%) or thecapture and treatment o combined sewer ows.3. Change local zoning, building or utility regulations to requirethat redevelopment and new development capture and allowthe rst inch o rain to inltrate the ground within theirparcel ootprint (with some exceptions).4. Change local sewer pricing structures to reect stormwaterow generated by individual parcels/customers.5. Implement an initial series ogreen inrastructure projectsor incentive programs including green streets, parkinglots, and roos, rain gardens and downspout disconnectionalong with measuring and documenting results.6. Actively engage the community in the water qualitymanagement process.
Proposed Green Roos in Bufalo, NYSource: Bufalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER
Bufalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER

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