Green Infrastructure for Historic Districts

Date : Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Time : 9:00 am.
Location : Finger Lakes Institute (601 S. Main St., Geneva)
Category : announcements

Historic Districts included in this presentation are:
-Farmington Quaker Crossroads Historic District
-East Bloomfield Historic District
-Canandaigua Historic District
-Clifton Springs Sanitarium Historic District
-South Main Street Historic District, Geneva
-Genesee Park Historic District, Geneva
-Downtown Geneva (in the process of nomination)

In the context of stormwater management, the term green infrastructure includes a wide array of practices at multiple scales to manage and treat stormwater, maintain and restore natural hydrology and ecological function by infiltration, evapotranspiration, capture and reuse of stormwater, and establishment of natural vegetative features. As impervious ground cover increases with development, such as roadways, buildings and sidewalks, run-off from rain and snow events increases. As this run-off travels across these surfaces, it collects pollutants and contanimants. With traditional grey infrastructure, it travels to sewers and pipes, and is often deposited untreated into local waterbodies, harming the ecosystem. Green infrastructure provides opportunities to reuse that water, filter it and re-charge the groundwater aquifer, protecting the natural environment. Many green infrastructure practices today actually were common place in the 19th century. This presentation will cover examples of green infrastructure that existing historically in each of the seven historic districts in Ontario County, the recommended techniques and guidelines for the implementation of each technique for properties in each district and examples of how they can be implemented to compliment and enhance historic character.
Please RSVP to varner@hws.edu

This project was prepared with assistance from the Ontario County Water Resources Council 2013 Special Projects Fund.