Underground Dwellings in the Big Apple: Water and Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades

Recently, a $71 million reconstruction project was completed in the New York City borough of Queens that comprised of thousands of feet in new sewer line and water mains to be installed. Crews wrapped up six years of work in installing more than 7,700 linear feet of storm sewers, which should help improve drainage in Flushing, Whitestone and College Point. The city also replaced more than 8,000 linear feet of iron water pipes to improve water distribution in the area and installed 1,800 linear feet of sanitary sewers. These investments provide a number of positives to the heavily populated area.

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Proactive Program in Syracuse Maintain Healthy Waterways

The neighborhoods within Syracuse have initiated more than one program on behalf of protecting the waterways from pollution. The ‘Save the Rain’ Program is a comprehensive plan to cleanup and restore Onondaga Lake. The program includes construction of traditional gray infrastructure projects and the development of an innovative green infrastructure plan to reduce the effects of storm water pollution to the Lake and its tributaries. A more finely tuned version of the original program is the development of the “Save the Rain-Project 50” campaign to construct 50 distinct green infrastructure projects over the course of the year. One of the

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Benefits of Renewable Energy for Ithaca

The Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility now generates nearly half its energy on site. The plant uses an upgraded biogas for energy and serves a population of 40,000 in Ithaca and two neighboring townships. Biogas is produced when bacteria decompose manure. This gas mixture can be used to generate heat, hot water or electricity. The leftover digested manure also has many uses such as: fertilizer, bedding, mulch and potting soil. New York has also been pivotal in establishing a Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy which takes many agencies into account. Unlike NYS infrastructure agencies and authorities, local governments are not directly

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