Beaver Creek Clean River Project

Combined sewer overflows (CSOs) are point sources subject to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements; including both technology and water quality based requirements of the Clean Water Act.  The Albany Pool Communities (APCs) represent six (6) Capital District municipalities (i.e., the cities of Albany, Cohoes, Rensselaer, Troy and Watervliet and the Village of Green Island) that collectively own and operate combined sewer overflows that discharge to the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, and their tributaries.
Proposed Beaver Creek Treatment Facility location
Mock-Up Design of Beaver Creek Treatment Facility
The APCs joined together in a comprehensive inter-municipal venture, led by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC), to develop a regional CSO Long Term Control Plan (LTCP).  The main goal of the LTCP is to provide a regional solution that achieves the water quality standards necessary to maintain the current Class C receiving water uses of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers.  In addition to identifying projects that will reduce the amount of untreated sewage discharged to the river, the LTCP developed tools by which the communities could measure the effectiveness of the program including a water quality model for the Hudson River and a post-construction sampling and monitoring program.  The Albany Pool CSO LTCP was finalized and approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC or Department) in January 2014.
One of the projects required by the executed Order on Consent (Order) is the Beaver Creek Clean River Project, (also known as the Big C Disinfection and Floatables Control Facility).  The project is intended to treat combined sewer discharges for the Beaver Creek Sewershed in the City of Albany (SPDES permitted outfall No. 016).  CSO baseline conditions indicate that the Big C outfall overflows approximately 45 times per year (over a duration of 452 hours), discharging 532 million gallons of combined flows to the Hudson River on an annual basis.  The proposed disinfection and floatable controls will provide for treatment at the City of Albany’s largest CSO; and will serve to further reduce bacteria counts and enhance the “recovery time” for the Hudson River. 
Mock-up design of Beaver Creek Treatment Facility
Proposed Beaver Creek Treatment Facility Location
The Project is a component of the CSO Long Term Control Plan that has an overall cost to the Albany Water Board of approximately $60 million.  These costs were estimated in the Long Term Control plan document that was approved by the NYSDEC, and incorporated in the Order on Consent agreed to by the Albany Pool Communities in early 2014.  The Beaver Creek Clean River Project is estimated to cost $45 million, and the Albany Pool Communities have received a $10 million Intermunicipal Grant award to offset this project cost.

Community Advisory Committee:

The members of the Community Advisory Committee are: Simone Freeman, Jacqui Williams, Aaron Mair, Vivian Kornegay, Dorcey Applyrs, Teresa L. Brown, Kate Brittenham, Emily Leckman-Westin, Greg Sheldon, and Cathy Fahey. A Committee meeting was held on August 13, 6:00-7:30 pm in the Mayor's Conference Room at City Hall. Read a summary of the meeting discussion. A second Committee Meeting was held on Oct. 1, 6:00-7:30 pm in the Mayor's Conference Room at City Hall. Read a summary of the Oct. 1 meeting

Development of the Reflection and Learning Garden in the Ravine: The Project proposes to improve unusable lands in the ravine by creating the new Reflection and Learning Garden at Lincoln Park. The City is currently working with the Community Advisory Committee to gather feedback on the conceptual plan for the ravine. Watch a video that shows a virtual walk-through of the ravine and the first proposed conceptual plan. After feedback was provided, an updated design of the Garden was created and discussed at the Community Advisory Committee's meeting on October 1, 2018. 


The Water Department is currently conducting the public education and outreach program for the Project.  The design for the Project is presently being evaluated and advanced in consideration of the public input and comments.  The Albany Water Board anticipates that Project construction will begin in 2019, with the successful completion of this important environmental initiative in 2022.

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