20 April 2011

New York's Multi-Billion Dollar Green Infrastructure Plan

By Mary Vincent - Follow on Twitter @MaryVincent
The Bloomberg administration
recently created the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan which proposes to invest a total of $5.3 billion in a mix of green infrastructure, cost-effective grey infrastructure, system-wide optimization, and conservation.
They say, "This multi-pronged strategy will result in a net reduction in combined sewer overflows of roughly 12 billion gallons per year. The City is prepared to commit $1.5 billion over 20 years to green infrastructure projects in order to prevent the first inch of rainfall on 10% of the impervious areas in combined sewer areas from entering the sewer system. In addition, over 20 years approximately $900 million will be funded by private investment through new regulations and standards that will require onsite stormwater detention and infiltration to be incorporated into design and construction, as is the state-of-the-art in other cities. Green infrastructure investments will be targeted to all of the city's combined sewer drainage areas, including the South Bronx, Flushing and northeastern Queens, and the area around the Gowanus Canal."

The Administration is also offering $3 Million Community Grants to help spur Innovation!
"Green Infrastructure has the potential to be extremely cost-effective," said Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith. "These grants will foster creativity and reward innovative thinking while helping to forge essential community partnerships."
More information is here.
What are your city's Green Infrastructure plans?