Elmwood Village Area Expected to 'Go Green'

May 26, 2011 Updated May 26, 2011 at 5:22 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

May 26, 2011 Updated May 26, 2011 at 5:22 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- The City of Buffalo in conjunction with the Buffalo Niagara River Keeper are expected to perform a test pilot project in the Elmwood Village area. A $700,000 state grant will help the Queen City build storm water planters. The planters are expected to help the sewer system from being overwhelmed during heavy rain storms. The planters will have a recessed space below them to provide a solution for excess water.

"(The planter) will have a void space below that's filled with gravel so it will allow water to fill up and collect," said Buffalo Niagara River Keeper Director of Greenway Projects Jessie Fisher. "It doesn't overflow onto the sidewalk because it's a deep enough space."

Cities like Syracuse, Ithaca, New York, and Portland Oregon have already implemented these projects. The Buffalo project will focus on 5 streets, including Elmwood Avenue between Bird and Forest Avenues and stretch out to various side streets.