June 26, 2009

Gillibrand, Schumer Announce Key Senate Panel Approves $300,000 for Nassau County Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant

Federal Dollars Will Be Used To Upgrade Facility And Prevent Outfall In Local Waterways

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $300,000 for under the FY10 Interior Appropriations Bill. Senators Gillibrand and Schumer aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

"This funding will move Nassau County one step closer to cleaner and more cost effective sewer management plan," said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "Investments in infrastructure and wastewater management projects on Long Island is key to ensuring its economic and environmental health for the years to come."

"This funding will go a long way in improving Nassau County's infrastructure," Senator Schumer said. "Ineffective sewer capacity can pollute waterways, lead to beach closures, and stifle the expansion of new development. This is a wise investment that will ensure Long Island remains environmentally healthy into the future."

Nassau County is currently implementing a sewer consolidation plan based upon its recent study which determined the consolidation of sewer services throughout the County would provide significant environmental benefits and cost savings to County residents.  Nassau County will use the federal dollars to complete of a Technical Design Report for an ocean outfall. The relocation of the outfall will eliminate the discharge of organic material, nutrients and suspended solids to this impacted water body.

Late yesterday, the Appropriations Bill for Interior passed the Appropriations Committee and will head to the floor for a full vote before the Senate. The bill will then proceed to the House-Senate Conference Committee, before final passage in both chambers, and sent to the President to become law.