Albany residents learn more about Beaver Creek Clean River Project

April 10, 2018 11:20 PM

ALBANY – Residents of an Albany neighborhood came out Tuesday night to learn more about a $45 million sewage treatment plant. It’s part of the Beaver Creek Clean River project proposal.

The Albany Department of Water and Water Supply wants to build the plant in Lincoln Park. It will be west of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at the access road to Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology.

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New York State is requiring the facility be built for environmental reasons, but Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said it will also increase the quality of life for residents.

“We have a storm sewer that when it gets overloaded it percolates up, and creates a horrible smell, a horrible situation right here in this community,” said Mayor Sheehan.

Besides the horrible smell for residents when it rains, the current sewage system is polluting the Hudson River.

This plant would change that by mitigating combined sewage overflows from going into the Hudson River. Engineers also said it would be constructed underground so fumes and gases, would be contained.

“It was different than what I thought because I thought it was in a different part of the park, closer to the school and playground area and I thought that was a bad idea,” said resident Stacey Stump.

Another concern brought up about it being close the school is increased traffic. But engineer’s said weather dictates the use of it and it would only be necessary seasonally, after heavy rain.

Something else cleared up Tuesday is where the $45 million is coming from for the project.

"This is a project that is fully funded by our water department,” said Sheehan. “Which really is a separate authority and they raise money and they are operating based on the money they collect from rate payers."

The rendering of the project also included a park area for residents and students to utilize.

"I like all the educational components and the parklands,” said Stump

But one resident is concerned about the upkeep of that area.

"I don't want to see a park look great for year one, or year two, and next thing you know fade back into gully,” said resident Dannielle Hille.

While Mayor Sheehan said the project isn’t set in stone, she said the location in Lincoln Park is a win, win.

"This is a project that solves a hundreds-year-old problem and when we're done, we're going to be able to say we fixed this,” explained Sheehan. “This is really the best location for it and it allows us to solve some other problems and it allows us to get our kids in our community really interested and understand how important it is to keep our river water clean. This really knocks it out of the park."

The water department said this is a 15-year project that began in 2005. They hope to start construction on the plant in 2019 and have it completed by 2022.


Emily De Vito

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