Bay Park, NY – With the 3rd Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy upon us, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, Legislator Denise Ford, Legislator Howard J. Kopel and Legislator Rose Walker highlighted post-Superstorm Sandy mitigation and resiliency projects taking place throughout Nassau County.
“Nassau County was one of the hardest hit areas by Superstorm Sandy and we have made great progress in our recovery efforts. We continue to rebuild our infrastructure bigger and stronger than ever before,” said County Executive Mangano. “Bay Park is one the most ambitious post-Superstorm Sandy infrastructure and mitigation projects on the East Coast and perhaps the best example of strengthening infrastructure against future storms while including smart rebuilding strategies that benefit residents and ensure the aesthetics needed to preserve the quality of our community.”
SUPERSTORM SANDY REPAIR & MITIGATION PROJECTS:
Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sewage Pumping Stations:
Perhaps the largest Superstorm Sandy recovery project in the nation, progress continues daily at the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant in East Rockaway which serves 40% (550,000 residents) of Nassau County’s population. During the storm, approximately 50 structures, numerous mechanical systems and operating equipment were damaged. The plant’s electrical distribution and power generation systems were also rendered inoperable for 57 hours due to flood waters inundating electrical conduits via the bottom of the substation, overland flooding and through a surcharged drain system. The loss of power to the plant caused partially treated sewage to be discharged into East Rockaway Channel, which opens into Hewlett Bay, Hempstead Bay and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean.
Floodwaters caused the total failure of the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant. In order to put the plant back in service, it was necessary to install a temporary sludge dewatering system. It is anticipated that this operation will continue until the completion of the repairs to the plant. The plant had been operating in compliance with its NYS Department of Environmental Conservation State Pollution Elimination System (SPDES) permit for more than a year thanks to initiatives put forth by the Legislature and administration.
Superstorm Sandy also damaged 41 of the 57 pumping stations throughout Nassau County, where localized flooding was in excess of 10ft in buildings causing many pieces of process equipment to be submerged along with a variety of electrical equipment. Inoperability of the Pump Stations resulted in the leakage of storm water mixed with sewage via ruptured pipes, surcharging at manholes and in residential and commercial basement drains. Immediate efforts by the County resulted in 34 of the 41 damaged Pump Stations being repaired and operational within less than a month of Superstorm Sandy’s landfall. Nassau County spent $38 million in emergency response services to restore these operations.
FEMA has obligated $830 million for Nassau County to use to implement resiliency and mitigation measures for the Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Pump Stations to ensure operability during and following storm events. Resiliency and mitigation measures include:
complete re-construction and upgrade of the East Park, which is now open to the public;
completion of approximately 80% of the Flood Protection Berm & Walls protecting against a 500-year flood event or tidal surge of up to 18 feet;
commenced rehabilitation of Plant’s Electrical Distribution System, including five substations and over five miles of electrical duct banks;
rehabilitated four primary engine generators, thus eliminating full time usage of temporary outdoor power generators;
rehabilitated digester facilities and executed startup of new odor control facilities;
significantly reducing odor emissions from the facility;
rehabilitation of final settling tanks is near completion; and
measures are being implemented at Pump Stations, including activities such as providing dry pit submersible sewage pumps, rising electrical and control panel equipment, providing quick-connects for portable generators and adding watertight manhole covers and hatches.
Together, these projects will reduce the risk to the plant during and following future storm events, subsequently protecting public health and safety and community welfare. Each day, approximately 200 construction workers and 55 program an
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