Douglas J. Daley, P.E.

















Department of Environmental Resources Engineering


Associate Professor
SUNY Center for Brownfield Studies
Office: 420 Baker Lab
Mail: 402 Baker Lab
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry,
1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 470-4760 (Office)
(315) 470-6633 (Dept)
(315) 470-6958 (Fax)




You'll find information on these public pages about my interests and activities in environmental resources engineering and ecological engineering, stormwater management, waste disposal site restoration, and brownfields. I'm interested in developing innovative designs using an interdisciplinary approach combining fundamental engineering and science principles to address contemporary environmental problems such as stormwater management, water quality and waste disposal.

My teaching and research interests bridge related topics in environmental engineering design, phytotechnology and related physical processes, and green infrastructure. I strive to combine class instruction with relevant "real-world" projects, which are described further on my Teaching and Research pages.

I am professionally active with the Central New York Air & Waste Management Association, the New York Water Environment Association and the American Ecological Engineering Society. I am faculty advisor for student chapters of AWMA and NYWEA (; there are tremendous networking and scholarship benefits available to student members!

I direct an outreach program for those interested in getting or maintaining professional engineering registration through PDH. Our Outreach office has detailed program information on the FE/PE Exam Review course and related professional programs that carry Professional Development Hours (PDH).

My brief CV summarizes my activities and products over the past three years. I occasionally add news, thoughts, or announcements about the program, research or engineering in general in my blog.

Please contact me if you are interested in studying at SUNY ESF. Further information about the Department, and the undergraduate and graduate ERE programs can be found at the Department website.






May 2015: Congratulations Krystal White and Owen Hunter (both MS, ERE). Katie Mott and Katja Fiertz, Honors students in ERE, presented their projects in poster and platform presentations.

April 2015: Another successful capstone project course comes to completion, with 40 ERE students demonsgtraitng the breadth and strength of the ERE program. Projects involved ecological restoration of parks (Hyde Park in Niagara Falls, and Fuller Park in Scott, NY); mitigation wetlands; water resources assessments of potential irrigation in western NY; wastewater infrastructure; and Onondaga County’s lake trail system. Another 40 ERE students were inducted into ESF’s Link 100 of the Order of the Engineer.

February 2015: The ESF NYWEA student chapter received 2nd prize in the NYWEA competition for chapter service. This is great recognition of the hard work of the students, and is testimony to the diligence that 5 years of effort is worth the effort to create networking for the ESF students interested in the water environment.

October 2014: Attended WEFTEC 2014 with four ERE students. Networking on floor of the New Orleans Convention Center, connecting with students and professionals from around the country. Presented my research as part of the Stormwater Congress, entitled “Design and Performance of an Intensive Green Roof System using Native Plant Communities in Upstate New York.”

May 21 2014: Katie Mott, one of my advisees (ERE, 2015), departed for South Africa to intern with Soil for Life ( She's supported by a Rosen Fellowship, and is one of two ERE students providing service abroad this summer (Katja Fiertz is in Nepal). Katie is sharing her knowledge of soil and water, and her use of a mini-disk infiltrometer is causing great excitement (see her May 21 blog posting at

May 2014: Frank Bondi (MPS, ERE 2014) completed his engineering analysis of wood ash management at the SUNY ESF campus. Frank addressed the challenge of handling, transferring, storing and re-using ash generated by the combustion of wood chips in the Gateway Center. The beneficial reuse of the ash for food waste composting could reduce ash management costs by 20%.

April 30 2014: Congratulations to Samuel Asare-Adjebeng (MS, ERE). Samuel completed his thesis research on the use of eddy covariance method to determine evapotranspiration rates for a restored inland salt marsh.

April 23 2014: Congratulations to the 23 ERE seniors that completed the Capstone engineering design course. This year's projects included: Preliminary Design of the West Shore Onondaga Lake Trail, Onondaga County, NY; Analysis and Design of Wastewater Disinfection at Meadowbrook-Limestone Wastewater Treatment Plant, Onondaga County, NY; Preliminary Design for Stream Improvements for Recreation Access and Water Quality, Scajaquada Creek, Buffalo, NY; Analysis and Design of Scajaquada Creek Shoreline Restoration, Cheektowaga, NY and Evaluation and Design of Anaerobic Digestion for Biosolids Management, Oneida County Water Pollution Control Plant, Utica, NY

March 2014: I presented an update on our extensive green roof at the ESF Gateway Center to the Central NY Chapter of NYWEA. Owen Hunter (MS, ERE 2014) also presented his preliminary findings on his research using Forest Residuals in Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs).

February 2014: Another great trip to the Annual NYWEA meeting in NYC. Adding to the vibe was, of course, the Super Bowl in the Meadowlands. Lots of past NFL players roaming the hotel to distract us from our real reason for being there.

January 2014: Welcome Samantha Rubin (MS, GPES, 2015) to the Daley research team. Sam is interested in water resources challenges that face Long Island. She'll be working on more green infrastructure practices, and hopefully with a focus on water quality benefits of soil carbon.

October 2013: joined over 22,000 attendees at the WEFTEC water environment conference and exposition in Chicago. The Stormwater Congress was well attended, and the variety of projects and innovative technology on display is hard to process in such a short time. I'll be heading to New Orleans in 2014, and hope to share our Green Roof project with the audience at WEFTEC 2014.

September 2013 I joined a team of HDR and CDM engineers, along with Tom Ballestero from the UNH Stormwater Center, in a proposal to NYC to assess co-benefits of green infrastructure.

June 2013: Conference Presentation. Daley, Douglas, Timothy Toland and Don Leopold. Design of an Intensive Green Roof Based on Native Plant Communities. New York Water Environment Association Spring Meeting. Syracuse, NY

April 2013: Accompanied three SU/ESF students to the local NYWEA Chapter Annual meeting where they presented research talks on green infrastructure and biogas generation from codigestion of food waste and animal manure.

February 2013: I attended the NYWEA 85th Annual Meeting in NYC with 14 undergraduate and graduate students from ESF and SU. Read the summary of papers, posters and photos.

December 2012: Congratulations Claudia (MPS, ERE, Beneficial Use of Wood Ash) and Gino (MPS, GPES, Design of Green Infrastructure System for Martha's Vineyard) on completing the degree requirements.

September 2012: Welcome to new MS students Owen Hunter (ERE) and Krystal White (GPES).

June 2012: Doug, Stephanie and Michael presented papers, posters and led tours at the Annual Meeting of the American Ecological Engineering Society held at SUNY ESF June 7-9, 2012. Claudia commenced work on obtaining a Beneficial Use Determination to use ash from wood-fired boiler as a road surface stabilization material.

May 2012: Congratulations to Michael Amadori (MS 2012), Nick Pasco (MS 2012) and Chris Travis (MPS 2012) for completing their graduate degrees.

April 2012: Congratulations to the ERE/FEG Seniors that completed the Capstone Engineering Design course (ERE 489). Student projects included: Design of Land Cover and Wetland System on a Former Manufactured Gas Plant Site, Utica, NY; Master Plan and Analysis for the Revitalization of the Scajaquada Creek Corridor, Erie County, NY; Design and Sustainability Analysis of a Combined Sewer Overflow Disinfection System, Oswego, NY; Design and Analysis of the Urban Forest to Improve Ecosystem Services, Syracuse, NY; and Design and Feasibility Assessment of Wastewater Sludge and Landfill Gas Management System, Auburn, NY.

September 2011: I am joined by five new Master's students (4 in ERE 1 in GPES). Sam and Steph are working on the Honeywell-sponsored Demonstration Projects involving willow-based landfill cover and the salt marsh restoration. We are updating the water budgets, estimating ET using eddy covariance methods and examining nutrient fluxes in the vadose zone.

August 2011: Hurricane Irene gave us a long duration, low intensity rain event that our on-campus Rain Garden handled well. We are seeing a number of plant species pioneering the rain garden, making for interesting conversations about the proper way to manage rain gardens in urban environments (Do we let the Purple Loostrife live, or remove it? what about the poison ivy?)

May 2010: Deborah Ofori completed her MS Environmental Resources Engineering with a thesis entitled Heat and Water Fluxes in a Willow-based Evapotranspiration Landfill Cover System. Deborah compared model results with field measurements of temperature and humidity in a short-rotation woody crop as part of the continuing demonstration of an alternative landfill cover system in Central New York.

January 2010: I spent a week in New Orleans on the continuing relief effort from Hurricane Katrina. This was my first trip, and the impacts of Katrina are amply evident: buckling streets; vacant lots; freshly painted exteriors; parking lots surrounded by chain link fence. SUNY ESF and SU students joined the SU Protestant Campus Ministry in the effort. See the story at

December 2009: I attended the 6th Phytotechnologies Conference in St. Loius, MO. I presented a poster on the ET Landfill cover at the Solvay Settling Basins. My graduate student Michael Amadori received an NSF-sponsored scholarship to attend the conference.

November 2009: Deborah Ofori concluded her field efforts at procuring temperature and humidity data to characterize water and heat fluxes in the short rotation willow canopy we are investigating as an ET cover at the Solvay Settling Basins (Honeywell sponsored).

September 2009: I commenced the first offering of a graduate course in Phytotechnologies. New graduate students Michael Amadori and Chris Doty are acclimating to SUNY ESF and are delving into the literature to define their research topics.