Bay Park Wastewater Treatment Plant was so badly damaged from Sandy, it was offline for days with raw sewage being dumped into our bay. Obviously something needs to be done to prevent this from happening again. While FEMA gives us dribs and drabs of money for a quick band-aid, Governor Cuomo is seeking major federal money for a 3-mile ocean outfall pipe that will go straight through Long Beach and pump this waste right into our ocean.
Other NY politicians are behind outfall pipe, such as Senator Charles Schumer and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who unsuccessfully tried to privatize the plant, was quoted calling the outflow pipe project to be “the single most important thing we can do to protect homeowners and the environment.”
Yes, fixing Bay Park is vital to the protection of our marshlands and bay water quality, but do we really want to pump chemically treated waste into our waters? Whenever I think of chemically treated water, I think of that three-eye fish from the Simpsons. I am not sure what the impact chemicals have on our sea life, but it can’t be good (and we eat it!).
The Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS) takes highly treated wastewater that would have previously been discharged into the Pacific Ocean and purifies it using a three-step advanced treatment process consisting of microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide. The process produces high-quality water that exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards. (source – http://www.gwrsystem.com/about-gwrs.html)