Nassau County and FEMA are finalizing an agreement for more than $800 million in Federal grants to fix the Super Storm Sandy-damaged Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.
County Executive Mangano traveled with members of Nassau’s Public Works Department to lobby for additional federal funds to complete all the necessary repairs and renovations to the County’s largest wastewater treatment plant, and to protect it against future storms. The request came a week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he secured $730 million in Federal funds to rebuild the Plant.
Mangano joined United States Senator Chuck Schumer to say that $859 million is actually needed for the full repairs and mitigation to the Plant, its pump stations and other systems. He has also requested a separate $600 million in Federal funds for a pipeline project to pump treated sewage from the Bay Park plant into the Atlantic Ocean.
“We need the Federal and State governments to partner with the County to not only rebuild Nassau County in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but also to strengthen our local infrastructure against future acts of Mother Nature,” said County Executive Mangano.
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.
Sandy knocked out the East Rockaway plant for two days in October 2012, flooding its pumping and electrical systems and resulting in the release of raw sewage.
Under the new plan, Mangano has asked for $117 million more for the plant rehab: $50 million for 31 pump stations, $35 million for electrical and lighting systems, and $32 million for other upgrades.
Beyond that, he is requesting $37.3 million to clean the insides and yards of homes damaged by the Bay Park sewage overflow; and $35 million to convert the Long Beach plant into a pumping station.
The repair and mitigation project at Bay Park 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; and
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 a neighborhood. 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.
To view images of the Bay Park plant’s damage, go to:
http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/bay-park-dmg.pdf http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/pump-station-dmg.pdf http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/sandy-surge-12.pdf