After 18 years of advocacy by Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Operation Splash, Sludge Stoppers, The Nature Conservancy, and the public, we have achieved a historic victory for the Western Bays!
After years of fighting to divert sewage out of the Western Bays, we finally have a solution. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced funding for a critical resiliency project to protect the Western Bays. Thank you to all the members of the public who never gave up—we would not have secured this victory without you! We also want to thank our county, state, and federal leaders for all of their efforts.
New York State, Nassau County, and the federal government have now allocated a combined $354 million for a resiliency project that will connect the South Shore Water Reclamation Facility (formerly Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant) to the ocean outfall pipe at the Cedar Creek plant via an existing underground aqueduct. This project will include state-of-the-art nitrogen removal and will prevent the dumping of 19 billion gallons of sewage per year into our bays.
For decades, nitrogen pollution from sewage has caused harmful algal blooms, depleted oxygen, killed fisheries, and degraded eel grass and tidal marshes that protect our coastlines. We can't wait to see the restored water quality and fisheries that will come from this project. A huge thank you to everyone who attended rallies and meetings, wrote letters and emails, signed petitions, and spoke out about the need to reduce nitrogen pollution in the Western Bays. We could not have done it without all of your help!
Thank you for your support. Together we make a difference!
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