DEC investigating another discharge from Niagara Falls treatment plant

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – The DEC is currently investigating a discharge of untreated sewage from the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment plant, the DEC announced in a statement Tuesday.

DEC Environmental Conservation Officers and technical staff responded to a call today at about 3:40 p.m. regarding the presence of discolored water from the main outfall near the Maid of the Mist dock.

A high intensity storm was reported in that area that may have contributed to the potential discharge, the statement adds.

The Niagara Falls Water Board said Tuesday that Tuesday’s heavy rain resulted in a volume overflow situation.

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“When this volume of water occurs, the waste water treatment plant is permitted to overflow the hundred foot weir, with the water then passing through the monitoring station. These sort of overflow events, which are different then the July 29th discharge incident, are formally reported on both the SPDEDS permit and the NY Alert System,” the statement said.

The Niagara Falls Water Board added in a press release Wednesday that members of the DEC visited the NFWB facilities Wednesday for follow-up meetings and a tour of the treatment plant, as part of a wider analysis of the overflow and the separate matter of the July 29 discharge.

The existing wastewater treatment plant has a filtering capacity of 60 million gallons per day, said Rolfe Porter, executive director of the NFWB.

“The team is currently looking at the actual amount and volume that entered the system on August 15th, in order to get a full and accurate calculation,” Porter said.

DEC officials do not currently believe this discharge is linked in any way to the black sludge that was discharged into the lower river July 29.

Hear what DEC officials had to say Wednesday:

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