Beaver Creek Clean River Project

 

After gathering feedback at a series of community meetings in the spring of 2018, a revised design for the Beaver Creek Clean River Project was created and presented at a community meeting on November 27, 2018. To learn more about the Project, please review the presentation and Frequently Asked Questions

Sketch of GardenDevelopment of the Reflection and Learning Garden: The Project proposes to improve the ravine by creating the new Reflection and Learning Garden at Lincoln Park. 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 reviewed by the Community Advisory Committee. With the Garden's design having an emphasis on education, a comprehensive signage plan has also been drafted. The City will continue to work with the Community Advisory Committee as the design of the Garden progresses. Updates to the design will also be posted on this page and distributed through the Beaver Creek e-mailing list for public review and feedback.

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. Another 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. Future dates for committee meetings are to be determined.

About the 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 (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.

 
Combined Sewer Overflow Graphic
Graphic showing Combined Sewer Overflows
 
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 to significantly improve the water quality 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 LTCP was finalized and approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in January 2014.
 
One of the projects required by the executed Order on Consent 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.  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. 
 

Proposed Beaver Creek Treatment Facility Location
 
The Project is a component of the LTCP that has an overall cost to the Albany Water Board of approximately $60 million.  These costs were estimated in the LTCP 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.

Schedule:

The Albany Water Board anticipates that Project construction will begin in 2020, with completion in 2022.

Location Map: