The benefits of bioswales for infrastructure is the topic of an educational program set for June 28 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Bioswales are drainage ditches with sloped sides designed to minimize or remove debris and pollution from surface runoff water. The landscape elements help clean groundwater, mitigate storm water, and reduce the growth of invasive plant species, such as harmful algal blooms (HABs). HABs have been found in most counties in New York, prompting Gov. Andrew Cuomo to launch a $65 million plan last year to address issues caused by the species.
The bioswales program, hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council’s New York Upstate Community and sponsored by Corning Incorporated, will include the following:
- “Creating A Green Campus Using Bioswales” by Nina Bassuk, professor and program leader at Urban Horticulture Institute, Horticulture Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University
- Walking tour of Cornell University’s bioswale garden with Peter Trowbridge, American landscape architect, professor and former chair of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University
- Dinner by Fat Jack’s BBQ
The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 28, 4-8 p.m. at the Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center at Cornell University, 124 Comstock Knoll Drive, Ithaca, N.Y., 14850
Registration is $27.50 for the program, dinner, and certificate of completion; or $35 to become a Bioswale Partner, which includes the program, dinner, certificate of completion, thank you during the program, and a gift from USGBC.
For more information or to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usgbc-ny-upstate-bioswale-benefits-for-infrastructure-tickets-46378763129.