You Down with OOP? Governor now on board.

January's bumper crop of seaweed. yes, january!

January’s bumper crop of seaweed. yes, january!

Please excuse my 90’s hip hop reference that no one who cares about this will know!

OOP, of course is the Ocean Outfall Pipe.

Next in our ongoing Ocean and Bay waters saga – not to be confused with fresh drinking water.

ok how about this reference:

Bay Park Sewage, a plant barely alive.
We can rebuild it.
We have the technology
We have the capability to build the first bionic sewage pipe
Bay Park will be the plant.
Better than it was before
Better, stronger, faster
It’s just a matter of the money.
It’s the six [hundred] million dollar pipe (cue iconic 70’s theme song-nuh nuh nee new).

Thanks to Gerry Ottavino for his efforts on these matters and helping keep everyone informed!

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 local groups met with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to call for refurbishment of the Bay Park sewage treatment plant AND to call for the outfall pipe to send the treated waste out of the bay and to the ocean where it will not stagnate as it currently does in our western bays.  headway is being made.

Proponents of clean waters have asked for an extra layer of treatment on the sewage before going to the ocean, but that just may be a bridge too far.

Ever wonder why seaweed is crazy out of control at our beaches and around town?
The treated sewage from the Bay Park plant roams around our western bays for weeks or months at a time before finally making its way out the inlet to the ocean. New water takes a month to fully circulate the bay, of course the whole time the plant is still releasing more treated sewage every day.

Because these pollutants in the bay actually make the seaweed grow many times beyond it’s normal size and habitat, we have seen the beach covered with seaweed for literally an entire season last year. the year before it was collecting on the inlet where it rotted and the smell literally sent officials in to see if it was dangerous.

I am presenting these pages from The Western Bays Coalition, made up of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Operation SPLASH, The Nature Conservancy, Point Lookout Civic Association and Sludge Stoppers to help explain.

Here is the full document “Save Our Western Bays”.




i was about to publish this story and was kindly informed by PLCA’s Gerry Ottavino, who has been tireless on this, that Governor Cuomo has responded, backed the plan, and is calling for additional Federal money.

press release from the Governor’s Office:

State of New York | Executive Chamber
Andrew M. Cuomo | Governor
For Immediate Release: February 11, 2014

Projects To Establish A More Resilient Clean Water Infrastructure Are Set To Begin

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today applauded the progress toward repairing the badly-damaged Bay Park waste water treatment plant and called for additional funding for the ocean outfall at the Bay Park wastewater treatment plant. Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano joined the Governor in calling for additional funding to construct an ocean outfall pipe leading from the plant well out into the Atlantic Ocean to improve water quality in the back bay and protect extensive marsh islands that serve as a natural barrier to flood inundation.

“Superstorm Sandy hit Nassau County hard and we need to continue to work to build back better, stronger and smarter,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have already secured an agreement from the federal government to provide $810 million to repair and upgrade the Bay Park plant and collection system, and ensure the plant can withstand a 500-year storm event. We also have the opportunity to significantly improve water quality and resiliency in the back bay by constructing an ocean outfall pipe and are requesting additional funding for this important project.”

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said, “I applaud Governor Cuomo for his incredible efforts thus far in securing critical funding needed to repair the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant after the ravages of Superstorm Sandy. More than one year ago I joined with Citizens Campaign for the Environment, SPLASH and communities bordering the Western Bays to call for the construction of an ocean outfall. We will continue to work with our state and federal officials to make this dream a reality and ensure the long-term health of the Western Bays for future generations.”

The Bay Park WWTP currently discharges effluent to a shallow wetland and back bay area north of Long Beach Island. Moving the outfall well into the ocean will dramatically improve water quality, protect a large complex of marsh islands from nitrogen-induced damage and allow further assessments of possible nitrogen treatment requirements at the Bay Park facility to proceed while progress is made on these badly-needed projects. The marsh lands dampen waves and serve as an important natural defense barrier against coastal storm surges. The outfall could potentially cost between $600 million and $700 million.

Resiliency efforts have already begun. Engineering designs and bid packages have been prepared on the initial, major components of the Bay Park rebuild program, including the electrical distribution system and protective perimeter levees. Further efforts are underway to repair 31 major pumps to avoid the recurrence of sewage overflows into residential communities and to implement the Barns Avenue sewer interceptor repair. Future work at the plant will include rebuilding numerous complex treatment systems damaged by Sandy that are still vulnerable to failure.

The Governor has directed the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) to work with Nassau County to make zero-interest loans available so the County can undertake all repair and resiliency work as soon as possible. The loans are a critical bridge to the initial $810 million in federal funding, which will be provided as reimbursement for completed projects.

High level State and County officials met again this past Thursday to review all project elements and to ensure effective financial, engineering, and environmental coordination going forward.

In conjunction with the potential ocean outfall project and to improve resiliency and water quality, the State and County will also explore the option of consolidating and removing highly-exposed barrier island wastewater treatment plants, such as the City of Long Beach’s facility.

Currently the Bay Park plant treats about 50 million gallons of sewage a day and discharges to a marsh island/back bay area north of Long Beach Island.


One thought on “You Down with OOP? Governor now on board.

  1. A quick note to say my husband & I had planned to attend, but confusion over the dates ­ Monday or Tuesday ­ in the end we missed it. So sorry. Cynthia and Ted Story

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