Green Infrastructure

URI, EMERGE, and the Yale Hixon Center for Urban Ecology in collaboration with the City of New Haven has expanded our work on bioswales to include the construction of 75 new bioswales in downtown New Haven.  

These build on prior URI/EMERGE/F&ES/Common Ground bioswale work on Daisy Street, Watson Street and West Park Avenue. This work has been made possible by funding from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. This partnership has been recognized by Harvard’s Roy Award for Environmental Partnership.  


Bioswales are curb-side gardens that are optimized for stormwater retention and planted in the strip between the street and the sidewalk. Our goals are to: 

  1. reduce flooding in downtown New Haven during major storm events;

  2. improve water quality in New Haven’s rivers and the Long Island Sound;

  3. understand how effectively green infrastructure can reduce pollution associated with stormwater runoff, and;

  4. create new employment.



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