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Officials take stock of Chautauqua Lake sewer project, discuss adding territory to district

February 11, 2016
By Jimmy McCarthy ( , Westfield Republican

Sewering the north end of Chautauqua Lake is proceeding as officials convened Friday to discuss plans to add a small portion of territory.

A project within the town of Chautauqua is looking to convert the Chautauqua Heights District's wastewater treatment plant into a pump station. The town-led project would allow the conveyance of effluent from the district, which serves Chautauqua Lake Estates, into the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District's wastewater treatment plant in Mayville. Properties located between districts would be added to the sewer system. The estimated cost for the project to decommission the plant, install a pump station and add lines is $3.2 million.

Local officials, AECOM, an environmental engineering firm, and New York Environmental Facilities Corporation, a state agency providing financial assistance, discussed funding options as well as the project's initial steps. Tom Carlson, NCLSD director, said the project will look to add 100 potential users between districts into the county's northern wastewater treatment facility. The project will look to reach Maple Springs once the full sewer extension on the east side is complete.

"It's just a little piece of the pie we're trying to knock off. It seems to be doable at this point," Carlson said. "One of the major issues is that the (Chautauqua Heights) wastewater treatment plant is in such disrepair that there's really no thought of upgrading it at this point. We're trying to get it included into the north district and move on from there."

J.C. Smith, environmental project manager for Environmental Facilities Corporation, said the project, which will build conveyance from the town's sewer district to the county's sewer plant, could be eligible to receive 0 percent financing for 30 years through the state revolving fund. Opportunities for clean water grants and possibilities to obtain funds through the Water Quality Improvement program were also discussed.

"We know we want to be able to sewer the lake and we will do small projects to get it in our grasp," said Dave McCoy, county watershed coordinator.

The NCLSD is set for upgrades to its treatment plant to meet total maximum load daily requirements and limit phosphorus from entering the lake.

Overall, County Executive Vince Horrigan said he's encouraged by the progress to sewer Chautauqua Lake - an approximate $60 million investment.

"We have to do this step by step," Horrigan said. "The Chautauqua Heights pump station connecting into the sewer plant along with extension of the district is going to capture a good part of what we need on the north end."

An extension along the southern end of Chautauqua Lake is also moving forward. The extension involving the South and Center Sewer District's treatment plant spans from Goose Creek to Prendergast Point.



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