Round 1 of Community Meetings

BUFFALO SEWER AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT OUTREACH MEETINGS TO DISCUSS ABATEMENT OF COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS

Authority negotiating consent order to alleviate impact of overflows

BUFFALO, NY – Currently, the Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) is negotiating a federal consent order to reduce or eliminate the impact of combined sewer overflows upon local waterways. As part of this process, the BSA is conducting the first round of community outreach meetings at various locations throughout the city of Buffalo to discuss the steps the BSA must take to develop an abatement plan. Combined sewer overflows usually occur during periods of heavy rain and were originally designed to prevent overloading of the collection system and basement and street flooding.

The first round of community meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and will focus on the history of the sewer system, project drivers, and project objectives. The meetings will be held at the following locations in the city of Buffalo:

  • Wednesday, May 11th at the Valley Community Center on 93 Leddy Street;
  • Thursday, May 12th at the Gloria Parks Community Center on 3242 Main Street; and
  • Tuesday, May 17th at West Side Community Services on 161 Vermont Street.

“Because the discharge resulting from combined sewer overflows in the BSA system impacts water quality, we must develop a long term program to reduce or eliminate these impacts. As part of this process, we need to conduct a public outreach program to solicit feedback from the community to ensure that our program is both effective and cost responsible.” said David P. Comerford, General Manager of the BSA.

The second round of community meetings will focus on the alternatives being evaluated to reduce or eliminate the combined sewer overflows and the third and final round of meetings will discuss the preferred remedy and associated costs. The dates and locations of these meetings will be announced once scheduled. For more information, individuals may contact the BSA at LTCP@sa.ci.buffalo.ny.us .

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About the Buffalo Sewer Authority:
The Buffalo Sewer Authority was created through an Act of the New York State Legislature in 1935. The BSA covers 110 square miles and serves approximately 450,000 in the City of Buffalo and surrounding communities. The BSA manages the Bird Island Waste Water Treatment Plant, which is the second largest such facility in New York State. There are 850 miles of sewers under the auspices of the BSA.

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