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Context
Problem

Water infrastructure  is an often neglected, but at the same time indispensable, part of our cities. Faced with increasing density, and increasing precipitation and coastal storm surge, many cities are grappling with developing resilient, future-proof stormwater solutions. Recognizing the risks, New York City is investing heavy in resilience and climate adaptive solutions. In September 2018, the City announced that $4 billion or 2% of the City’s $195 billion pension portfolio will be invested into renewable energy, energy efficiency and other climate solutions

In 2012, a consent order between the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) led to the development of 11 Long-Term Control Plans (LTCP) for specific waterways that are in violation of water quality standards. The plans identify strategies for CSO reduction and/or treatment in each targeted waterway to meet these standards, along with a variety of remediation measures.

 

Despite the proposed $4 billion in green and grey infrastructure improvement, there will still be hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage overflow in each waterway annually. To meet the 100% CSO reduction goals, innovative solutions that embrace multiple actors and new technologies are required.

Solution

Turf, as a member NY Blue Tech’s Smart Stormwater Management team, has been selected by Venture Smarter Smart Infrastructure Challenge 2018 for its innovative systems approach around urban sewer-sheds. The holistic solution bridges the gap between the digital and physical world, provides transparency of information and creates accountability among the variety of actors that touch the NYC urban water-sheds.