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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2012 Archives > August 2012 > Mayor Brown Performs A Test on Buffalo's First Porous Street

Mayor Brown Performs A Test on Buffalo's First Porous Street

Contact: Lorey Schultz
               (716) 851-5545

Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown unveiled Buffalo’s first porous green street on Clarendon Place in North Buffalo. The pervious pavement asphalt replaces traditional impervious asphalt and reduces the amount of storm water that enters city sewers.  Green infrastructure tools such as pervious pavement are part of Buffalo’s plan to significantly reduce combined sewer overflows (CSO’s), a combination of sewage and stormwater that overflows into rivers and streams when it rains.

The Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) has implemented several “green” street treatments as pilot projects on seven streets within the Forest Avenue & Elmwood Avenue neighborhood in North Buffalo.  These pilots are using green technologies to capture storm runoff before it gets to the receiving waters.  Mayor Brown demonstrated how the street functioned by pouring water onto the asphalt which quickly evaporated. 

The different types of green technologies to be constructed and evaluated in this $3 million project include: rain gardens, pervious asphalt pavements, storm water treatment structures and a voluntary rain barrel/downspout disconnection program.  As part of the pilot program, measurements will be taken to verify water removed from the system.  In this way metrics can be established on the efficacy and the cost effectiveness of the green technologies.

For this pervious pavement project, the Buffalo Sewer Authority won a Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) grant in the amount of $750,000 from the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.  The GIGP is funded through the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The grant application was submitted jointly with the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers.