Project - Orangetown Regional Green Infrastructure Project, Tappan (View All)
Tappan “Homes for Heroes” Green Infrastructure Project
We are in the process of obtaining title to 6 acres of federal land adjacent to the Homes for Heroes veterans housing project on Western Highway in Tappan, and have obtained obtained $900,000 in NYS DEC funding to build a series of vegetated stormwater treatment facilities. These facilities will reduce flooding and pollution in the nearby Sparkill Creek and beautify the area, with the option for developing a walking path around the site. The Town will be issuing a Request for Proposals for engineering design and construction of this project shortly.
What is “Green Infrastructure?”
“Green infrastructure” uses vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls, unlike single-purpose “gray” stormwater infrastructure, which uses pipes to dispose of rainwater into the nearest stream. Green infrastructure is an approach that communities can choose to maintain healthy waters, provide multiple environmental benefits and support sustainable communities. By weaving natural processes into the built environment, green infrastructure provides not only stormwater management, but also flood mitigation, air quality management, and much more.
At a time when so much of our infrastructure is in need of replacement or repair and so few communities can foot the bill, green infrastructure is a resilient and affordable solution that meets many objectives at once and involves the whole community. For more information visithttp://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/index.cfm