BUFFALO SEWER AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES 3rd ROUND OF PUBLIC OUTREACH MEETINGS TO DISCUSS FINAL ABATEMENT PLAN FOR COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS
BSA Close to Finalizing Long-Term Sewer Overflow Control Program
BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) is currently developing a Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) for the reduction of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) associated with the City’s sewer system. CSOs occur when precipitation-related flows overwhelm the sewer system causing untreated sewage to be discharged into area waterways. The BSA is conducting its third round of community outreach meetings at various locations throughout the City of Buffalo to discuss steps the BSA has taken to develop a LTCP. After months of extensive negotiations between BSA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), EPA ordered BSA to submit a final plan by April 30th.
The third round of community meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and will focus on the BSA’s preferred alternative to reduce the CSOs and the estimated costs associated with the recommended alternative. The meetings will be held at the following locations in the City of Buffalo:
- Tuesday, May 15th at the Pratt Willert Community Center; 422 Pratt Street
- Wednesday, May 16th at the Seneca-Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca Street; and
- Thursday, May 17th at the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road.
“Because the discharge resulting from combined sewer overflows in the BSA system may impact water quality in rivers and streams, we must develop a long term program to minimize such discharges,” said David P. Comerford, General Manager of the BSA. “As part of this process, over the past year we have solicited public input to ensure that our program helps achieve our objective and is cost-effective. After several months of detailed analysis we are now ready to present the community our preferred alternative for the Long Term Control Plan and provide additional information on what that will mean for the community and BSA ratepayers.”