On July 8, 2020, “ground was broken” on a Design Implementation Block Grant (DIBG) project in Pittsford. This project is for a 100% design of a stormwater bioretention system to capture excess runoff coming from a school ballfield, a paved street, the parcel housing the town garage and town fire department, and the yard of a private residence.
One large pit was dug, about 2 to 4 feet wide and up to 10 feet deep to allow engineers to classify soil characteristics. In addition to the soil type test pit, infiltration testing was conducted to help engineers determine the best stormwater runoff design. This involved another two holes being dug 4 feet deep and left exposed for 24-48 hours. The Town of Pittsford performed the excavation work.
The project was identified in the 2012 Pittsford Stormwater Report done by DEC. Recognizing the need to help municipalities fund small projects like this, DEC made this award through its $20,000 and less category in DIBG.
Enman Kesselring Consulting Engineers of Rutland is designing the project in conjunction with the Rutland Regional Planning Commission. The design project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.