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CSO 60 Demonstration Project

According to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, a recent porous street demonstration project has been a success (see back story). After the test street’s first winter, Riverkeeper is reporting that the porous asphalt on Clarendon Place not only drains properly under normal conditions, the slush and snow melt also drains efficiently. That’s good news for those who have been looking for effective ways to eliminate stormwater from the combined sewage overflow (CSO) system.

The project that we see here, in collaboration with The Buffalo Sewer Authority, also includes the implementation of rain gardens in both commercial and residential neighborhoods. Strategic placement of these water retention features (see map) are intended to keep stormwaters from entering into Gala Waters (Hoyt Lake) and Scajaquada Creek. Riverkeeper has posted a series of contrasting images on it website (also seen here), in order to show examples of the demonstration project in action.

The Green Innovation Grant Program is funded through the United States Environmental Protection Agency and was submitted jointly by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

Parkdale Avenue – Rain Gardens

Elmwood Avenue – Bioretention Planters

Windsor Avenue – Rain Gardens

Clarendon Place – Pervious Pavement

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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