Officials Reach Agreement on How to Reduce Sewer Overflows in NY Waters

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New York State and city environmental officials have reached an agreement to reduce sewer overflows into area water bodies.

The city will invest $187 million by 2015 in so-called green infrastructure projects like street tree pits and porous pavement to hold storm water and keep the runoff from entering city sewers, which empty into local waterways when it rains and the system's capacity is reached.

The city will also complete work on $1.6 billion in improvements to the wastewater treatment infrastructure.

A public comment period on the proposal begins Wednesday and runs through November 18.

With the Associated Press


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Comments [2]

Boris Zilberman

Not to have the best be the enemy of the good but these initiatives all sound palliative.

The underlying problem is storm water is in the same pipes as sewage.

These two water streams need to be separated otherwise runoffs will be inevitable whenever rain overwhelms the system.

Oct. 19 2011 03:06 PM
Larry Levine from New York

This proposal is critically important to creating a cleaner, greener New York City. See more details here, including detailed information on how to offer your own comments to the city and state:

Larry Levine
Senior Attorney
Natural Resources Defense Council

Oct. 19 2011 02:00 PM

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