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Source: The Journal News

Letter to the editor: Sewage treatment upgrade welcome

Posted: April 16, 2009
Originally Published: April 15, 2009

Hurray for Westchester residents for receiving $55 million provided by the federal stimulus package to modernize and upgrade sewage treatment plants along Long Island Sound, as reported in your April 9 article, "Stimulus funds going to Sound Shore sewer district." Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Harrison, and other political leaders are to be commended for successfully fighting for this funding. The funds will be used to meet a critical mandate to upgrade "biological nutrient" removal, resulting in improved water quality and greater protection of public health.

Removing nutrients in Long Island Sound will make the Sound healthier and more profitable for water-dependent industries. Federal funding for improving sewage treatment is a win-win-win for our environment, our economy and ratepayers along the Sound Shore. Less pollution will help keep our local beaches clean, swimmable and open, and these days, in the age of the "staycation," that's more important than ever.

Matt Wallach

White Plains