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The reconstruction of Niagara Street this year will include green infrastructure to prevent stormwater runoff and improve the quality of the Great Lakes.

 The Western New York Stormwater Coalition held its 2012 conference at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Tuesday.

Communities in Western New York and across the state; indeed, across the country are paying more attention to stormwater runoff. 

Carol Lamb-Lafay is with the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

“It’s in its infancy.  I think the Clean Water program has been around since 1972, but stormwater really took off in 2003,” said Lamb-Lafay.