Teamwork Results In Sewage Facility Grant from Feds And State
Local officials applauded the great news this past week that Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that FEMA has given the state approval for its largest infrastructure award, resulting in at least 730 million dollars in funding to repair and mitigate the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant that was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The Sewage facility services Franklin Square, Floral Park, Bellerose Terrace and Village, South Floral Park, Elmont, North Valley Stream, Stewart Manor, New Hyde Park, West Hempstead and Garden City South among many other communities in the Town of Hempstead.
The grant funding is being seen as a big win for local leaders who have worked with County Executive Ed Mangano and Governor Andrew Cuomo. Councilmember’s Ed Ambrosino, Jim Darcy, Supervisor Kate Murray, Legislator Vincent Muscarella and the State legislative delegation led by Senator Dean Skelos, Jack Martins, Kemp Hannon and Assemblyman Ed Ra pushed very hard for the bipartisan solution with Cuomo and US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
“This will be the largest Sandy infrastructure award and a major victory for the more than 550,000 residents of Nassau County who depend on this critical piece of infrastructure every day,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will cover repairs to the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant that was destroyed during Sandy and strengthen the facility against future storms, including building a state-of-the-art dike to protect against future flooding. The Bay Park Plant project has been a priority in our rebuilding process, and the State remains committed to helping Long Island reach its full recovery and to build back more resilient than before.”
"I commend Governor Cuomo and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for securing the critical resources needed to rebuild the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant while protecting our local neighborhoods, waterways and marine life. The Federal, State and County partnership formed to rebuild Nassau County in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will succeed in strengthening our local infrastructure against future acts of Mother Nature,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
Councilman Ed Ambrosino echoed Mangano adding, “people put politics aside for the health, safety and well-being for our communities.”
The grant will allow Nassau County to repair and fortify this essential piece of infrastructure against future storms. The plant is the largest wastewater treatment facility in the county, treating 58 million gallons each day, and serves more than 550,000 residents which represent 40% of the population in Nassau. The facility was the largest damaged wastewater treatment plant on Long Island.
Senator Jack Martins noted, “Without this funding this project couldn’t get off the ground. If we were hit with another storm the likes of Hurricane Sandy it could have been a complete disaster. You wouldn’t be able to shower, flush a toilet and waste removal would of come to a halt.”
The project includes:
• Building a large dike around the entire plant to provide protection against the 500-year storm and account for anticipated sea level rise (click here for an image of the proposed dike);
• Elevating and hardening the Electrical Plant Distribution System and repairing existing generators to take the plant off of temporary power;
• Elevating and/or hardening as many as 57 pump stations that serve one million residents to protect from floods;
• Building a larger sewage collection line to accommodate increased flow levels during storm surges;
• Hardening and replacing the sludge dewatering equipment and building damaged during Sandy.
During Sandy, engines for the plant’s main pumping system were flooded by 9 feet of water, and sewage began to back up and overflow into low-lying homes and even burst through the street in neighborhoods. The plant shut down for more than 50 hours, and about 200 million gallons of raw sewage flowed into channels and waterways. The flooding destroyed the plant’s electrical system and compromised many other critical systems.