Douglas J. Daley, P.E.

















Department of Environmental Resources Engineering

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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 engineeering 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.




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 infrastucture 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 produring 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.