BSA 2014 LTCP

On January 10, 2014, the Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) submitted its final Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) (collectively referred to as the Regulatory Agencies). The final LTCP (January 2014) reflects the revisions developed by the BSA in response to the Regulatory Agencies’ comments and concurred with by the Regulatory Agencies in October 2013.

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BSA 2012 LTCP

The Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) submitted its Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) for the abatement of combined sewer overflows on April 30, 2012, in accordance with the Administrative Order issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in early March.

The public comment period has closed.

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Round 3 of Community Meetings

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.”

For more information, individuals should visit the project web site at BSAcsoimprovements.org or email the BSA at LTCP@sa.ci.buffalo.ny.us.

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BSA Progressing on CSO Plan

BUFFALO SEWER AUTHORITY CONTINUES PROGRESS TOWARD CONTROLLING SEWER OVERFLOWS

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Sewer Authority respectfully disagrees with many of the conclusions contained in the EPA’s March 15, 2012 Administrative Order and accompanying public comments. The Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) shares in the EPA’s concern, which is why it is developing a long term control plan to limit combined sewer overflows in the best interests of the public. This plan builds on BSA’s nearly completed $60 million investment in overflow control systems, which has already been approved by the EPA. The BSA’s long term control plan will be shared with all stakeholders, federal and state partners, including the EPA and DEC, and the public. BSA looks forward to continuing its work with the EPA in completing BSA’s Long Term Control Plan.

The BSA is several years into a $60 million EPA approved program of capital investments that will greatly improve control of combined sewer overflows, which only occur during abnormal weather events that feature persistent heavy rains. This phase of the program will be complete by the end of 2013. BSA’s Long Term Control Plan contains millions of dollars in additional investments that will also be implemented in 2013.

The BSA is just weeks away from publishing its recommended plan for addressing wet weather sewer overflow issues. BSA has worked diligently to make sure the plan is cost-effective, affordable and will result in real environmental and public benefits. The plan has been shaped in consultation with key stakeholders, such as the Buffalo-Niagara Riverkeeper, a citizen panel, and many other groups/entities.

In fact, the Riverkeeper Director of Ecological Programs, Jill Jedlicka, said today, “For several years Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER has been working closely with the Buffalo Sewer Authority, Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure incorporation of green infrastructure in the Long Term Control Plan. It is our understanding that the BSA’s current Draft Plan offers significant investment in green infrastructure that will not only benefit our water quality, but will also enhance our community. We are confident that the BSA is submitting a plan that ensures compliance with technology and water quality standards.”

The BSA will continue to implement its ongoing $60 million capital program and multimillion dollar planning effort to identify significant additional long-term sewer overflow control investments that will be implemented after completion of the capital program. The BSA Plan includes green infrastructure projects such as rain barrels, rain gardens, permeable pavements and sidewalks, green roofs and urban trees. The Buffalo Sewer Authority looks forward to working with all partners in developing a long term control plan that improves water quality in the best interests of residents.

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Round 2 of Community Meetings

BUFFALO SEWER AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT 2ND ROUND OF OUTREACH MEETINGS TO DISCUSS ABATEMENT OF COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS

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 bsacsoimprovements.org or email the BSA at LTCP@sa.ci.buffalo.ny.us.

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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. Continue reading

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