Cornell University, NY Stormwater Management Wetland Demonstration Project

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Cornell University, NY, US

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Type: Program

Status: Ongoing

Source File: http://sustainablecampus.cornell.edu/nature/wetlanddemo.cfm

Description:

The Stormwater Management Wetland Demonstration Project is a joint project of the Environmental Complilance and Sustainability Office (ECO), the Civil Engineering Section in Planning, Design and Construction and the Department of Natural Resources of Cornell University. The primary goals of this project are to protect Cascadilla Creek from uncontaminated sediment from soil erosion in stormwater runoff through natural gravity settling and to reduce the peak runoff of stormwater during storm events.

The pond was constructed as part of a regrading and revegetation project to help prevent erosion on the side slopes of a former refuse dump.

The pond was created by enlarging a swampy area in the vicinity of the site, thus enhancing a previously existing wetland environment. The pond treats drainage from a large area upstream developed with roads, parking lots, warehouses, and facility support building

To ensure continuing environmental integrity, ECOS monitors activity at the site and coordinates periodic maintenance activities.

Beneficial Impacts of the Project:

  • Sediment loading in stormwater runoff is reduced before entering Cascadilla Creek, mitigating water quality problems that could result from land development in the orchards area.
  • The natural wetland environment at the site was enhanced, and is being studied and maintained.
  • The location of the site- near a walking trail- allows it to serve as an educational resource for the Department of Natural Resources and the general public.
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