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Cooperstown, a village of 1,800 residents that hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, needed to modernize its aging wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that NYSDEC described in 2015 as “old and fragile.” As a Chesapeake Bay-Significant facility on NYSDEC’s Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan, the Village was facing a substantial investment to maintain its discharge permit compliance and to safeguard future water supply. And because the WWTP is located on the banks of an impaired segment of the Susquehanna River, development at the site requires special attention to minimize impacts on the environment.
Working with the Village and WWTP operators, Delaware designed plant improvements that include a new primary clarifier, rebuilding the existing primary and secondary clarifiers, upgrades to the trickling filter and RBC biological processes, and new sludge dewatering facilities, along with various system and building improvements, including a new SCADA system.
Delaware also assisted the Village with funding procurement, writing successful grant applications for $1 million in WQIP funding and WIIA grant funding of approximately $880,000. This grant funding, combined with $4 million in SAM grants from local legislators, will leave the Village with only approximately $3.2 million to finance through NYSEFC, at 0% hardship financing for 30 years.
Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.