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Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management

Green infrastructure practices maintain or restore stormwater’s natural flow patterns at a site by allowing runoff to infiltrate into the soil. On a regional scale, green infrastructure includes preserving and restoring natural landscape features, along with reducing impervious surface cover. At the site scale, green infrastructure includes practices that capture stormwater runoff, such as rain gardens, vegetated swales, green roofs, pervious pavement, and rain barrels. These practices allow water to soak into the soil, to be used by plants, or to be reused.

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SUNY New Paltz student Caitlyn Maceli '15 points to the bioswale, which filters stormwater runoff from the adjacent road and parking lot. Students and faculty have been studying the bioswale and other green infrastructure practices on campus. (Photo: E. Vail)

What are we doing?

We provide outreach and technical assistance on green infrastructure and stormwater management. We support planning (Newburgh green infrastructure plan), demonstration projects (http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/58930.html), guidance documents (Better Site Design: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/42053.html), and research.

Who are our partners and audience?

 Municipalities, watershed groups and intermunicipal councils, non-profits, colleges and universities

Research on these topics 

http://wri.cals.cornell.edu/research-topics/watershed-resiliency/stormwater-and-flooding

http://wri.cals.cornell.edu/research-topics/sustainable-water-infrastructure/stormwater