In early September, not long after having the remnants of Hurricane Irene close our ERE booth at the New York Fair, our campus was doused by 2+ inches of rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. These rains exceeded all previous records, and yet our ERE designed rain garden functioned perfectly. This rain garden is situated along the southeastern corner of Illick Hall, and some know it by its other name, a bioretention basin. By either name, it is one innovative example of increasingly popular green infrastructure techniques used to treat stormwater runoff. Head over to the weather underground to see how far this Tropical Storm Lee water may have traveled before falling on the Illick Hall watershed!

Tropical Waters Spilling into our ESF Syracuse Campus Rain Garden