Stormwater Management Wetland Demonstration Project

The Stormwater Management Wetland Demonstration Project protects Cascadilla Creek...

Cascadilla and Fall Creek Gorges (University Photography/Lindsay France)
Cascadilla and Fall Creek Gorges (University Photography/Lindsay France)

The goals of the Stormwater Management Wetland Demonstration Project are to protect Cascadilla Creek from uncontaminated sediment from soil erosion in stormwater runoff through natural gravity settling and to reduce the peak runoff of stormwater during storm events. The pond was constructed as part of a regrading and revegetation project. By enlarging a swampy area in the vicinity of the site, the pond enhances a previously existing wetland environment as well as helps prevent further erosion on the side slopes of a former reuse dump. In addition, the pond treats drainage from a large area upstream developed with roads, parking lots, warehouses and support buildings.

Cornell Environmental Health and Safety monitors activities at the site and coordinates periodic maintenance activities to ensure continued environmental integrity. Some of the beneficial impacts of the project have included mitigating water quality problems that could result from land development in the orchards area, the enhancement, study and maintenance of the natural wetland environment at the site, and the use of the site as an educational resource by the Department of Natural Resources as well as the general public.