Round 2 of Community Meetings


Authority negotiating consent order to alleviate impact of overflows

BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) is currently 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 its second round of community outreach meetings at various locations throughout the city of Buffalo to discuss the steps the BSA is taking to develop an abatement plan and identify viable control technologies.  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 second round of community meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and will focus on the control alternatives being evaluated to reduce or eliminate the combined sewer overflows.  The meetings will be held at the following locations in the city of Buffalo:

  • Monday, December 5th at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue;
  • Tuesday, December 6th at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr., Library at 1324 Jefferson Avenue; and
  • Thursday, December 8th at the Matt Urban Center, 1081 Broadway Avenue.

“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 are soliciting public input from the community to ensure that our program is both effective and cost responsible.” said David P. Comerford, General Manager of the BSA.

The third and final round of meetings will discuss the preferred remedy and associated costs.  The dates and locations of those meetings will be announced at a later date. For more information, individuals should visit the project web site at or email the BSA at

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