October 31, 2017

SolutionMap-witharrows BayParkEXT.pngGOV: $350+M FOR BAY PARK SEWAGE PIPE EXTENSION

The fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy served as the perfect opportunity for Governor Cuomo to make an announcement, which should please Long Island residents, environmentalists and LICA members as well. On Sunday, the Governor announced that $354 million in county, state and federal funding will be used to extend the Bay Park sewage pipe through 8 miles of county-owned aqueduct (to be refurbished), plus 2 miles of new pipe to the existing Cedar Creek Sewage Treatment Plant and outfall pipe, which releases treated effluent out into the Atlantic Ocean instead of running off into small, local inlets, channels and marshlands. This will help reduce the release of dangerous nitrogen, which has affected regional water quality and damaged shellfish and clamming. The extension project is expected to take 4-5 years to complete and should bring some much-needed real infrastructure work to our region. The state is set to invest $120 million in the project and FEMA will put in $77 million. The remaining $157 million will need to be borrowed by the county and they will vote on the bonding next month. LICA Executive Director Marc Herbst noted, “We commend the Governor for his help in moving this critical project forward. It will not only protect our water quality and coastal wetlands, but it will provide much needed heavy construction work that puts all our members and labor partners to work in a capacity beyond simple but necessary maintenance-only type projects, such as bridge painting and road repair.” Read about the announcement in Newsday’s article or see more information about the project on the Governor’s site here.

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