Lackawanna River Clean Stakeholders

Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Long Term Control Plan for the Scranton Sewer Authority adopted October 23, 2012

Thank you one and all who participated!!!!! 


The Clean Water Act was adopted by Congress in 1972 to promote the clean up and protection of the waters of the United States.   A lot of progress has been made in the past 40 years across the country to advance the protection of our waters.  Currently, with recent amendments to the Clean Water Act and in response to law suits by advocates for Clean Water, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, (PA DEP) are promoting new requirements for local communities like Scranton to make significant investments to further improve the quality of our waters.
 
As part of the work needed to help clean up the Lackawanna River, the LRCA is collaborating with the Scranton Sewer Authority (SSA) to reach out and involve our fellow citizens with the long-term work that will help our community meet its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act. 
 
Like many older municipalities, the sewer system in Scranton and Dunmore includes collection lines that carry sanitary flows and also storm water flows.  During heavy rain and snow storms, the storm waters flowing into the system cause it to overflow into the Lackawanna River and its tributary streams.  There are seventy-eight locations known as Combined Sewer Overflow Regulators or CSO’s where this occurs.
 
The SSA is required to control these overflows under administrative orders of the EPA and the PA DEP.  It is anticipated that several hundred million dollars in new funding will be needed to control the CSO pollution problem.
 
The SSA and its engineering consultant, Gannett Fleming are developing what is called a Long Term Control Plan (LTCP).  The goals of the plan are twofold.  First to control, reduce, and then eliminate many of the CSO’s on the Scranton –Dunmore sewer system.  Secondly, this work needs accomplished in a way that is affordable to the citizens of our community.
 
The LRCA has formed a Stakeholders Committee that is working along with staff from the SSA and Gannett Fleming to review and rank alternatives for a series of programs and designs that will form the Long Term Control Plan when approved by the EPA.  The work of the committee forms part of the record of decision under the terms of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
 
We welcome and encourage the comments of our fellow citizens with this
process.  Please view the presentations given on June 1, 2010 - July 13, 2010 - September 1, 2010 and share your comments with us at lrca@lrca.org.


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