Project Description: This project is one of several Save the Rain projects on West Newell Street in 2017. The 621 West Newell Street vacant lot was taken into ownership by the City of Syracuse in the year 2000. The lot has remained vacant since then and the site contains soil ideal for infiltration practices. A unique facet of this project is that the site is located approximately three hundred feet from Onondaga Creek and just down the road (approximately three and a half blocks) from McKinley Park, where another Save the Rain project will be constructed.
The green infrastructure technology included with this project is a bioretention basin (also known as a rain garden). The bioretention basin is between the sidewalk and existing tree line on the vacant lot parcel and is designed to capture stormwater from West Newell Street via existing catch basins. The drainage area extends on West Newell Street from Vale Street to Baldwin Avenue. The bioretention area is planted with native plants and serves as a community beautification feature as well as stormwater management. Five apple trees were also planted as part of this project.
All runoff from this one block stretch of road on West Newell Street is drained into a green infrastructure practice, instead of the combined sewer system. In total, this green infrastructure captures approximately 159,065 gallons of stormwater annually.
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