NYCDEP Green Infrastructure Pilot Program Awarded ACEC-NY Gold Award
(NEW YORK, NY – March 5, 2013) – The American Council of Engineering Companies – New York has bestowed the 2012 Gold Award to the NYCDEP Green Infrastructure Pilot Program.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection implemented a series of more than 20 pilot projects throughout the city to study the potential benefits of a city-wide green infrastructure program. Using the latest green infrastructure practices and techniques, the pilots have proven to be a successful and cost effective method of handling and reusing stormwater in a large-scale, ultra-urban environment.
The pilots will pave the way for the incorporation of green infrastructure city-wide, reducing the City’s wastewater treatment costs, creating a more sustainable stormwater system, and helping restore natural drainage patterns. The reduction of combined sewer overflow (CSO) events will also greatly improve the water quality of the receiving water bodies.
Monitoring evaluations have shown that these pilots are providing valuable stormwater management benefits, even beyond what was originally anticipated. In many cases, the effect of impervious surfaces on the downstream sewer system is effectively negated, even during larger storm events, and impervious areas larger than originally planned are able to be successfully managed by the green infrastructure controls.
Since our founding in 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two things: providing safe drinking water and controlling water pollution. Our range of services encompasses the planning, design, and construction management of water and wastewater-related projects – from clean water treatment, storage, and distribution to wastewater and stormwater collection, treatment, and reuse.