April 27, 2021

LICA CELEBRATES BAY PARK & SUFFOLK SEWER ANNOUNCEMENTS; REINSTATEMENT OF ENV BOND ACT

LICA,-Gov-Cuomo-at-Bay-Park-Sewage-Treatment-Plant,-4-22-21-(76)-MH-n-GOV_x400w.pngLICA representatives were on hand last week for three announcements with local environmental impact, scheduled in conjunction with national Earth Day celebrations (click here for related photos). On April 22, LICA Director Marc Herbst joined Governor Andrew Cuomo and several other elected officials and stakeholders to celebrate a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on the diversion structure and first microtunneling shaft for the Bay Park Conveyance Project. This massive design-build project (awarded to Western Bays Constructors JV) will help reduce up to 90 percent of nitrogen loading by diverting as much as 75 million gallons of treated water per day from Reynolds Channel and western bays, resulting in improved water quality and greater regional resiliency. The industry, as a whole, broadly supports this important project and several LICA member firms have already been employed as subcontractors and suppliers. Click to read more about the project on the Governor’s website.

Earlier that day, LICA Deputy Executive Director Sheryl Buro joined Marc Herbst at Lake Ronkonkoma for an Earth Day press conference with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to promote the $100 million spending package proposal that would launch Suffolk’s largest sewer expansion project in decades. This package represents part of the heavily LICA supported and voter-approved plans to create and expand sewer districts that will allow more than 4,000 homes to be sewered (or to replace outdated septic systems) in the Carll’s River and Forge River areas. With additional funding, the County hopes to also complete the remaining projects planned for the Patchogue River area. Bids for the various related projects have already been let and received by the county, and our industry anxiously awaits for contracts to be awarded and for work to begin. Nearly half of the current $100 million plan will come from federal funds but the proposed $45 million in county funds will likely have to be approved by the Suffolk legislature. Click to read more about the plan in Newsday.

The following day, Herbst joined our county executives, environmental advocates from The Nature Conservancy, Citizens Campaign for the Environment and others, as well as union officials and other elected leaders to celebrate the reinstatement of the $3 billion Environmental Bond Act (#NYBondAct) which will appear on the November 2022 ballot. This act has had wide support from LICA, our industry and environmentalists alike, as it will help fund critical environmental protection projects on Long Island while creating thousands of good paying “green” jobs. Check out New Yorkers for Clean Water and Jobs for more information.

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