ALBANY — It will take many years and billions of dollars to fix aging municipal sewer systems that spill sewage into waterways after it rains, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli warned Thursday.
Albany is an old city, built atop layers of old infrastructure. And it’s currently taking on a problem that is literally a hundred years — or more — in the making. Large portions of Albany’s (very old) sewer system combine both sewage and stormwater. And when it rains a lot, the system can’t handle all…
A proposed $45 million facility that would help address Albany’s longstanding issue with untreated sewage discharges into the Hudson River will get another public airing on Monday.
Residents of an Albany neighborhood came out Tuesday night to learn more about a $45 million sewage treatment plant. It’s part of the Beaver Creek Clean River project proposal.
Most people in America enjoy the luxury of washing waste down the drain or flushing it away in a toilet. But once it leaves the home, office or school, where does it go? What happens to it? In the latest installment of our infrastructure series, WAMC’s Jim Levulis explores the complex wastewater treatment industry.
Boaters and fishermen should be cautious around the Hudson River for the next few days after torrential rains overnight Monday forced millions of gallons of untreated municipal sewage from three communities into the Hudson River.
One city report described a a ten-day spill that began June 23, releasing 3.5 million gallons of sewage. The other described a two-day spill that ended July 11 and released about 2.9 million gallons.
Mayor Patrick Madden’s administration hopes up to $4 million in grants will flow to the city to help cover its share of cleaning up the Hudson River.
The Troy City Council at a brief special meeting Wednesday night agreed to allow the city to borrow as much as an additional $23.7 million to pay its share of costs for a state-mandated program to reduce the discharge of sewage into the Hudson River.
Anyone who has taken a boat on the Hudson after a heavy rainfall is aware of this dirty little secret. Actually, it’s not a little problem but it is very dirty indeed.
Members of the Rensselaer County Legislature unanimously passed a resolution that would be the final component of a state-ordered Combined Sewer Overflow Long-Term Control Plan signed in December 2013.
The new sewer is part of a plan to direct separated storm water (that is, it doesn’t have sewage in it) both from Elberon and Quail Street (where the city recently installed permeable pavement that allows storm water to sink through it) and direct it into Washington Park Lake. The water department will be able…