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Green Infrastructure Projects Take on a Large Scale in Major Cities

[caption id="attachment_1029" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jamaica Bay - Gateway National Recreation Area National Park near Brooklyn, New York[/caption] Here in Virginia, we talk about funding stormwater projects to the extent of tens of millions of dollars, but in other parts of the country, hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars will be spent on green infrastructure projects.  Philadelphia is leading the charge with a 25-year, $3 billion dollar plan to implement green infrastructure projects to reduce the amount of storm water entering their combined sewer system.  Even New York City is getting on board with ‘green’ systems and is committed to providing green infrastructure for 10 percent of the impervious area over the next 20 years.  The pledge of these major cities and others to make significant investments and ‘go green’ is further evidence that the green movement and related stormwater regulations are here to stay - now and into the...

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How Does NYC Plan to Address Its Stormwater Improvement Program?

They say that everything is bigger in Texas, but the program that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and New York City Department of Environmental Protection announced an agreement on an enforcement Order to improve the overall water quality in New York Harbor waters amounts to the City's investment of approximately $187 million over the next three years and an estimated $2.4 billion of public and private funding over the next 18 years! Through this program of Green and Grey Infrastructure, NYC expects to see savings of $1.4 Billion from Grey Infrastructure Substitution Projects and an additional $2 Billion in Deferred Costs. The City's modified Consent Order will allow the CIty to implement a green infrastructure adaptive management approach to address it combined sewer overflow problem as well as other water quality improvements throughout the City. Councilman James F. Gennaro, who wrote a letter to the DEC in support...

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