Watervliet Infrastructure Awarded 2016 Project of the Year

APWA NY 2016 Project of the Year - Environmental

On February 3, 2017, the Route 32 Green Infrastructure Improvements Project was honored by the APWA Capital Branch as the 2016 Project of the Year in the Environmental (Less than $1 Million) Category, along with seven other projects at their Annual Awards Luncheon in Albany, NY. Weston & Sampson was recognized for its role in the project.

The City of Watervliet hired Weston & Sampson to design a Green Infrastructure project along Route 32, a heavily traveled and used corridor in the City with a mix of business and residential properties. A three block section of the corridor was chosen, centered on a small green triangle (park). Weston & Sampson evaluated soil borings and infiltration testing that lead to a design that could maximize stormwater infiltration in the highly permeable soils. By keeping the rainfall runoff on-site, instead of conveying it to the existing combined sewer, three benefits were achieved:

  • Reduction of stormwater runoff flows that would otherwise contribute to a combined sewer overflow event,
  • Increased rainfall filtering and groundwater recharge (more closely mimicking the natural hydrologic cycle),
  • Improved aesthetics by planting perennials, shrubs, and trees as part of the green infrastructure practices (they remove nutrients and contaminants in the runoff).




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