CSO 60 Demonstration Project

According to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, a recent porous street demonstration project has been a success (see back story). After the test street’s first winter, Riverkeeper is reporting that the porous asphalt on Clarendon Place not only drains properly under normal conditions, the slush and snow melt also drains efficiently. That’s good news for those who have been looking for effective ways to eliminate stormwater from the combined sewage overflow (CSO) system. 

The project that we see here, in collaboration with The Buffalo Sewer Authority, also includes the implementation of rain gardens in both commercial and residential neighborhoods. Strategic placement of these water retention features (see map) are intended to keep stormwaters from entering into Gala Waters (Hoyt Lake) and Scajaquada Creek. Riverkeeper has posted a series of contrasting images on it website (also seen here), in order to show examples of the demonstration project in action. 
The Green Innovation Grant Program is funded through the United States Environmental Protection Agency and was submitted jointly by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.
Windsor-Buffalo-NY-Avenue.jpgParkdale Avenue - Rain Gardens
Elmwood Avenue – Bioretention Planters
Windsor Avenue – Rain Gardens
Clarendon Place – Pervious Pavement
Green-Streets-Buffalo-NY-2013-2.jpg

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11 comments
NLipp
NLipp

Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER is very pleased for the ability to partner with the Buffalo Sewer Authority to implement this Green Streets Demonstration project.

This project seeks to identify the best solutions for implementing green infrastructure in the City of Buffalo. Green infrastructure is a progressive technology that we are excited to see implemented in Buffalo. It is important to note that this is a demonstration project, meant to identify issues, challenges, and best practices in a real-world setting. Adjustments are planned to make this project successful. Green infrastructure solutions like these implemented have proven to be successful and in many cases more cost effective than other traditional grey technology.

These sewer infrastructure improvement projects are crucial for water quality because Buffalo has a combined sewer system. The Sewer Authority has a plan in place to update the sewer system through a series of infrastructure improvements as mandated by the EPA and DEC. For more information about this plan: http://bsacsoimprovements.org/

For more information about this Green Streets Demonstration project: http://bnriverkeeper.org/cso-60-demonstration-project/

- Nicole Lipp

Matthew.Ricchiazzi
Matthew.Ricchiazzi

I'm sure it would be much more expensive to upgrade our entire sewage treatment system. The problem is that during peek runnoff times (during rain storms, major snow melts, etc), the run off water overflows the sewage system which then dumps raw sewage into the Niagara River.

The answer is NOT to build a bigger sewage treatment system -- that would cost more to operate on an ongoing basis and require lots of capital. We just need to reduce the level of runoff water that empties into the sewer system at peek times.

Riverkeepers have been way out front on this, and really leading the charge. Their program with the barrels that catch rainwater from roof tops was particularly sensible.

Also, typically the porous pavement has a higher rubber content and is softer (similar to that of a running track around most high schools), which allows it to expand and contract with temperature fluxuations more easily. This means fewer crack and potholes, which means that we don't have to repave our streets as frequently -- which in fact SAVES AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF TAXPAYER MONEY.

This is all just good competent government. Too bad our actual government isn't competent enough to do stuff like this and we have to rely on Riverkeepers.

ForestBird
ForestBird

If I understand the drawings correctly, a street's concrete bed must be ripped out & replaced with a deep bed of crushed stone, then the porous asphalt is applied. It sounds expensive, compared to the usual mill-and-replace repaving jobs.

buffloonitick
buffloonitick

they might have to change their name to Streetkeepers...

Quixote
Quixote

This is actually their second pourous demonstration project. The Erie Freight House was the first.

warehousedweller
warehousedweller

the porous street will eventually get clogged up and wont work no more. you dont think that the city is gonna maintain it do you ? what a waste of taxpayers money.

JM
JM

I think we should do both.

Buffalogni
Buffalogni

I would be curious to know the cost of doing this to all of the streets in Buffalo versus the cost of updating the storm sewers to prevent overflow during rainy periods.

If the cost is less for the rain gardens and porous streets, I say go for it.

Matthew.Ricchiazzi
Matthew.Ricchiazzi

This is great.

The City should outsource the entire Public Works Department to be managed by the Riverkeepers.

BuffaloRox
BuffaloRox

It seems premature to declare this streetscape a success at this time. The winter isn't yet over (a mild winter at that) and the freeze/thaw of spring hasn't yet occurred.

16thStreet
16thStreet

That's pretty cool.

What now? Will there be a push to implement this on future repaving operations?

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