Transformational changes associated with sustainable stormwater management practices in Onondaga County, New York

Carli Flynn, Cliff I. Davidson, Joanne Mahoney

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Abstract

Green infrastructure (GI) technologies are becoming a popular decentralized approach to stormwater management and are commonly recognized as a key component of building sustainable urban water systems. Although many U.S. municipalities have encountered barriers to implementing GI, Onondaga County has integrated numerous GI technologies through its "Save the Rain" program into previously unpopular stormwater management plans in only a few years. This paper investigates the sociopolitical and environmental factors that influenced the adoption of GI technologies in Onondaga County. The primary factors include the formation of a policy entrepreneurship coalition, the acceptance of GI as an effective stormwater management practice, and economic opportunities that reduced financial barriers for GI projects. The findings are based on interviews with local leaders and experts, and review of documents and media coverage related to Onondaga County's evolving stormwater management plans. Transformational changes related to these plans, such as ecological regime shifts and adaptive governance strategies, are analyzed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICSI 2014
Subtitle of host publicationCreating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure
EditorsChris Hendrickson, John Crittenden, Bill Wallace
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages89-100
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780784478745
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World, ICSI 2014 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: Nov 6 2014Nov 8 2014

Publication series

NameICSI 2014: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure

Other

Other2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World, ICSI 2014
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach
Period11/6/1411/8/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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    Flynn, C., Davidson, C. I., & Mahoney, J. (2014). Transformational changes associated with sustainable stormwater management practices in Onondaga County, New York. In C. Hendrickson, J. Crittenden, & B. Wallace (Eds.), ICSI 2014: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (pp. 89-100). (ICSI 2014: Creating Infrastructure for a Sustainable World - Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784478745.009