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Green Infrastructure

Green infrastructure is a sustainable solution for capturing stormwater runoff. The use of these natural or engineered systems enhances overall environmental quality by capturing rainwater where it lands.

Through the Save the Rain Program over seven different types of green solutions have been implemented throughout the county. These solutions include:

Combinations of these green solutions have been utilized to create green streets, green parks, and myriad environmental and property improvements throughout the community. For more information please visit the following links:

Benefits of Green infrastructure

Green systems can reduce the amount of stormwater that flows to storm drains, which will prevent overloading the sewer system and reduce CSO’s. Reducing the volume of stormwater entering the sewer system will lead to improved water quality of Onondaga Lake and its tributaries. Not only do these green systems improve water quality, but they enhance the aesthetic value of our local streetscapes. Many streets which were lined by concrete sidewalks are now lined with trees and plants that capture the rain and add value to the pedestrian’s experience while walking or biking along the street. Additionally, green infrastructure provides several secondary benefits such as improved:

  • Air quality
  • Neighborhood aesthetics
  • Habitat and biodiversity
  • Recreational and transportation opportunities
  • Property values
  • Community health and vitality