Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:04 pm Post subject: Paterson and Bloomberg announce $220 Million in Funding
From Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:00 am to Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:59 am (included)
As most of you know NSWC participated on the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) & DOS (NY Department of State) Clean Water Collaborative Committee in 2008 and 2009 with such big name environmental organizations like the Hudson Riverkeeper, Audubon New York, Waterkeeper Alliance, WEACT, New York Urban Program, Natural Resources Defense Council) just to name a few.
Late this morning I received a call from NY1, they said they had received a press release from Congressman McMahon saying that the Port Richmond Sewer Treatment Plant would be receiving $29 million for upgrade improvements. I had hoped that Oakwood Beach Sewer Treatment would also be receiving upgrade money from the Stimulus Package as it has been reported that they have an odor control problem at that plant too .
This funding is part of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which means that there will continually be money placed in this fund to deal with our water infrastructure needs (clean water, waste water, wetlands and cleaning up of polluted water bodies). NYC (as are many of the New York municipalities) is in violation of the Federal Clean Water Act and has been in violation for a very long time, and without a plan of action to deal with our extremely neglected water infrastructure system and waterways the City can be sued by the Federal Government. Not to mention as the system breaks down it can cause health risk to the New York City population.
We are hoping that more Green Clean Water projects will continue to happen especially for the environmental justice communities on the north shore of Staten Island. Our list of actions that are needed not only included the 2 Staten Island Sewer Treatment Plants for major operational and maintenance upgrades. It included cleaning up the Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill so that they become people contact friendly, sewer connections for areas of the island that don't have sewers, and dealing with rain runoff and flooding issues.
I have placed a call into Congressman McMahon's office as there are few more questions that I would like to ask. And I will keep everyone posted as more information comes in.
Beryl A. Thurman, Executive Director/President
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