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November 2014

A Long Time Friend and Member Remembered Harry Balz from ALHA Community

  • Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:00pm
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It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our long time member and friend from the Adirondack Lodges Homeowners Association Harry Balz passed away earlier today, November 5, 2014, following a brief hospitalization.  Harry was always present at our Annual Conference and training events with a warm smile, kind words and very supportive of this organization and the industry.  Our deepest sympathies to Harry’s wife Elaine and the other members of their family.

EBOLA In Wastewater Update

  • Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:00pm
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On 11/4/14 NYRWA participated in a webinar on EBOLA.  Here are notes from this event.  The short version is if you can take enough precautions for the aids virus, you are covered for EBOLA.

The CDC (Matt Arduino) says they have little to no research on this for wastewater.

1.      This virus is a “negative sense RNA virus” or an “envelope virus” – so is the aids virus.

2.      Envelope virus is the easiest to kill as compared with others like hep-C

3.      Incubation period in host is 2-21 days only direct contact after symptoms show, can it be transmitted.

SPRTK Update – NY Alert Applications Due by December 1, 2014

  • Thu, 11/06/2014 - 6:00pm
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NYSDEC recently mailed out NY-Alert applications and notifier agreements to all POTW’s. In an effort to make a smooth transition into the NY-Alert system for reporting overflows, NYSDEC is requesting the applications and agreements be filled out, signed and submitted by December 1st, 2014. Even if you have never had to report an overflow, you are still required to submit the application and agreement.

Governor Cuomo Announces Strategic Fuel Reserve in Upstate New York to Help Prepare for Future Severe Storms, Possible Fuel Emergencies

  • Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:00pm
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Strategic Fuel Reserves in Rensselaer, Brewerton, Rochester, Marcy, Vestal and Buffalo will Ensure Availability of Gasoline and Diesel Fuels to First Responders if Supply is Disrupted

October 29, 2014

Gov Cuomo Announces $13.6 Million for Bergen Point Sewage Treatment Plant Storm Resiliency Project

  • Fri, 11/14/2014 - 6:00pm
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Suffolk County Project is the First to Receive Funding under New York State’s Storm Mitigation Loan Program

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Suffolk County will receive the first loan from New York State’s Storm Mitigation Loan Program for $13.6 million in wastewater and storm resiliency improvements at the Bergen Point Sewage Treatment Plant in Suffolk County. The loan is made up of a $3.2 million grant and $10.4 million in no-interest financing for Suffolk County, which was approved today by the Environmental Facilities Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Dunkirk Training Session Canceled Due to Weather

  • Tue, 11/18/2014 - 6:00pm
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NYRWA regrets the need to cancel the scheduled Dunkirk Training Session scheduled for Thursday, November 20, 2014, due to weather predictions for additional snow.  Our office staff are calling all registered attendees to inform them of this cancellation and we plan to reschedule this session in the Spring 2015.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.  All of those paid registrations will be promptly reimbursed.  Thank you for your cooperation and please stay safe out on the roads.

WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2015

  • Thu, 11/20/2014 - 6:00pm
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Agency: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Policy and Administration

Due: January 14, 2015

Award Date: June 2015

Eligible Applicants:

·         States

·         Indian Tribes

·         Irrigation Districts

·         Other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or United States Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended

Cost Share: At least 50% (may include in-kind donations)

Water Sampling Could Confirm Toxic Concerns

  • Mon, 11/24/2014 - 6:00pm
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Two Ithaca-based scientists are paddling from Cayuga Lake to Albany, testing water for plastics pollution from microbeads.

Christian Shaw and Gordon Middleton, who attended Cornell, have formed Plastic Tides, a not-for-profit aimed at raising awareness of water pollution.  We caught up with them on the Clyde River, just after they’d gone under the Thruway bridge at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge.