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#1524402 --- 02/11/19 09:24 PM Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard
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Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard

Published: 02/10/2019 @ 07:37 am | Updated: 02/10/2019 @ 07:39 am

Former Seneca County Sewer and Water Administrator Mary Anne Kowalski said this latest set of reports should move the board to rethink the “expensive, unnecessary and misguided proposal to ‘centralize’ the two County Sewer Districts in Southern Seneca County.”

It’s a project that would cost at least $24 million.

That doesn’t mean the direction the County is mandated to go by the Department of Environmental Conservation will be that much less expensive. In fact, the penalties alone carry a price tag of $37,500 per day, according to Kowalski.

On Friday, Seneca County received a series of letters from the DEC. Two of them are known as a ‘Notice of Violation’ for Sewer District #1 and Sewer District #2.

The notice states, “These facilities were found to be in unsatisfactory compliance with the requirements and limitations set forth in the State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit due to the overall physical conditions of the processes and structures observed at the WWTP (Wastewater Treatment Plants ) and in the collection system.”

The County was effectively put ‘on the clock’ and will need to response by March 29th. The notices of claim carry stiff penalties if officials fail to comply.

The third document received was a letter, in response to a Proposed Engineering Report, which would move toward consolidating the two sewer districts in question, along with three treatment plants, and at least four out of district customers.

The PER proposal would close the two treatment plants and direct the sewage from Hillside, the Hamlet of Romulus and Five Points Correctional Facility, through Depot property. The routes of the new sewer lines may impact areas contaminated with PFAS and other contaminants, according Kowalski.

“Most of the residents in the towns, hamlets and villages can barely afford to have sewer rates increased to make these necessary repairs, much less pay double and triple, as proposed in the PER,” Kowalski explained in an open letter to officials.

“I have written and spoken to the Board and Public Works Committee many times since 2014, bringing many of these same issues to their attention. Nothing has been done and now it must be fixed. Or else.”

The DEC says the the Board of Supervisors also needs to adopt Sewer Use Law to regulate and protect the system and to set standards for connection, discharge, and pretreatment.

“These letters should be a wake up call to the Board that the problems need to be corrected and that the ‘consolidation’ must be taken off the table,” Kowalski continued. “Please do not spend more money on engineering, when there are serious violations in the existing plants and connection systems.”

The Violations

Seneca County Sewer District #1 includes properties along Seneca Lake in Romulus, Sampson State Park, the Hamlet of Willard, Willard DTC and the Villages of Ovid and Lodi.

The DEC’s issues with District #1 include the following items:

– Failure to repair trestle supports or address security issues with respect to the Aerial Sewer Crossing immediately north of Sampson State Park (See Figure 1, Figure 2, and Figure 3). Department initially asked the county to take corrective action on this concern in a letter dated 11/9/2017;

– Ten (10) cottages were constructed in Sampson State Park along the shore of Seneca Lake and connected to the sanitary sewer system via sewer extension without authorization from the DEC;

– Failure to update and enforce the SCSD1 Sewer Use Law (SUL) as noted by the following observations:

– NYS Parks constructed the ten (10) cottages cited above without approval from the Sewer District

– A makeshift dump station within the Parking Area to discharge RV wastes directly into the manhole of a sewer trunk line, approximately 200 feet south of the cottages described above.

The DEC’s issues with District #2 include the following items:

– Since its inception, the Sewer District has never passed a Sewer Use Law.

– One of the main pumps in the EQ lift station failed, which forced the Operators to rent a portable pump on a trailer as there was no spare pump to place in the wet well. In addition, the automatic screen rake was out of service. The operators reported that the unit was repaired after my last inspection; however, since the last inspection the unit gone down again.

– Inadequate building maintenance at Hillside.

Due to both of these responses, the DEC has imposed a Sewer Moratorium until a new approvable Sewer Use Law is adopted and recorded by the Department of State.

The DEC has requested a current count of the total number of users connected to the collection systems in question.

– By Josh Durso


Serious Violations


Edited by all seeing eye (02/11/19 09:25 PM)
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#1524405 --- 02/12/19 06:59 AM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: all seeing eye]
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WE ALREADY KNEW THAT YEARS AGO !!!!!


Edited by scwoodchuck (02/12/19 06:59 AM)
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#1524422 --- 02/12/19 10:57 PM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: all seeing eye]
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I hear that the two Notices of Violations and the non-approval of the sewer consolidation plan will be discussed at a special meeting of the Public Works Committee. TBA.

That's a good idea. Holding this discussion during a committee meeting night or BOS meeting would have everyone exhausted at the very least.

Hopefully, the Public Works Committee will figure out how the engineering firm, engaged, and paid, to assess the current conditions, missed all this. And then forgot to check with the Army, the DEC and the EPA about the route of the proposed sewer line extensions.

The BOS should get some money back.

Oh, wait, this isn't Seneca County money, this is money that belongs to the County Sewer Districts....not the County.

The County Sewer District Customers should get the money back.


Edited by all seeing eye (02/12/19 11:00 PM)
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#1524423 --- 02/12/19 11:26 PM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: all seeing eye]
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Fisher& Assocs. Did a study of the overhead trussels in 2011, Skanex also did a slip line of all the overhead sewer transmission lines


Edited by Gdog (02/12/19 11:29 PM)

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#1524424 --- 02/13/19 05:56 AM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: all seeing eye]
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Originally Posted By: all seeing eye
I hear that the two Notices of Violations and the non-approval of the sewer consolidation plan will be discussed at a special meeting of the Public Works Committee. TBA.

That's a good idea. Holding this discussion during a committee meeting night or BOS meeting would have everyone exhausted at the very least.

Hopefully, the Public Works Committee will figure out how the engineering firm, engaged, and paid, to assess the current conditions, missed all this. And then forgot to check with the Army, the DEC and the EPA about the route of the proposed sewer line extensions.

The BOS should get some money back.

Oh, wait, this isn't Seneca County money, this is money that belongs to the County Sewer Districts....not the County.

The County Sewer District Customers should get the money back.
Again old news, this has been talked about at every committee meeting for at least 6 years
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#1524427 --- 02/13/19 08:47 AM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: Gdog]
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Yup, and nothing was done to repair the trestles and improve security, even after DEC cited the county in 2017.

That's why there is a notice of violation now.


Originally Posted By: Gdog
Fisher& Assocs. Did a study of the overhead trussels in 2011, Skanex also did a slip line of all the overhead sewer transmission lines


Edited by all seeing eye (02/13/19 08:48 AM)
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#1524432 --- 02/13/19 12:35 PM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: all seeing eye]
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The County Engineer was doing all the work to get bids for repair on them, Then he left and nobody hired someone to design repairs and get it out to bid.

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#1524523 --- 02/14/19 08:16 PM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: all seeing eye]
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all seeing eye, how about that daycare ?
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#1524524 --- 02/14/19 10:17 PM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: scwoodchuck]
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The contract was approved. My sources and predictions were wrong.

Now let's get back to the topic which is the Notices of Violation on BOTH County Sewer Districts, the moratorium on all new sewer connections, the cottages at Sampson that were connected without County approval and without DEC even knowing them and finally, the serious problems with the Sewer Consolidation proposal.


Edited by all seeing eye (02/14/19 10:20 PM)
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#1524526 --- 02/15/19 06:29 AM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: all seeing eye]
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more propaganda, where do you come up with this stuff
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#1524557 --- 02/15/19 12:02 PM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: all seeing eye]
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Chuck, not propaganda,

Actually, those are comments from the letters DEC sent to Sam Priem, Commissioner of Public Works and the Board of Supervisors about the recent inspections of the two sewer districts and review of the Professional Engineering Report,

Here are direct quotes from the Notices of Violation on BOTH County Sewer Districts:

These facilities were found to be in unsatisfactory compliance with the requirements and limitations set forth in the State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit due to the overall physical conditions of the processes and structures observed at the WWTP and in the collection system.

Sewer 1

1. The County has not properly maintained and operated SCSD1 facilities and equipment as required under 6 NYCRR 750-2.8(a)(2). These observations include but are not limited to:

a. Failure to repair trestle supports or address security issues with respect to the Aerial Sewer Crossing immediately north of Sampson State Park . Department initially asked the county to take corrective action on this concern in a letter dated 11/9/2017;

b. Failure to have a working auxiliary screen in the WRRF influent room that meets 10 States Standards (10SS) Section 61.124 (See Figure 4);

c. Failure to have working ventilation in the WRRF influent room that meets 1OSS Section 61.13 (See Figure 5). This issue has been noted since the January 13, 2013 inspection.

2. Ten (10) cottages were constructed in Sampson State Park along the shore of Seneca Lake and connected to the sanitary sewer system via sewer extension without authorization from this Department as required by Section 750-2.10 (See Figure 6);

3. Failure to update and enforce the SCSD1 Sewer Use Law (SUL) as required by 6 NYCRR Part 750-2.9(a)(4) as noted by the following observations:

a. NYS Parks constructed the ten (10) cottages cited above without approval from the Sewer District as noted email dated 1/29/2019

b. A makeshift dump station within the Parking Area to discharge RV wastes directly into the manhole of a sewer trunk line, approximately 200 feet south of the cottages described in Item 2.

c. The existing SUL from 1979 does not authorize the District Superintenent or Commissioner to enter into intermunicipal agreements or contracts with communities outside of the defined sewer district.


Sewer 2

1. Ensure that all flow measurement flumes and the channels upstream and downstream at Outfall 001 and Outfall 002 are clean and free of dirt and debris that can skew the flow sensor readings.

2. Submit a draft updated SUL along with a schedule for adoption. As Seneca County Sewer District 2 is considering allowing connection of potentially Significant Industrial Users, shall have language covering such dischargers to the system. Ensure all communities that are outside of the sewer district and are connected or plan to connect to the existing collection system have adopted a SUL at least as restrictive as the one SCSD1 will adopt.

3. Submit a new agreement between NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYSDOCCS) and Seneca County for the operation of the NYSDOCCS owned Five Points WRRF. The previous agreement which expired December 31, 2010. At a minimum the document should:
a. Clarify Hydraulic and Organic loading that NYSDOCCS desires to
maintain as a reserve. NYSDOCCS needs to determine the typical strength of the wastes discharged from the prison facility. If the wastes are less than the limits than those defined as normal sewage, then only a Hydraulic reservation is necessary.

b. Clarify the party responsible for equipment repair and replacement;

c. Clarify the party responsible for making upgrade and repair decisions for the facility and the source of the funding.

4. Establish and submit a written daily operation and maintenance Plan/Procedures to monitor all pump stations. Clarify the entity responsible to maintain sewers and pump stations and how many people are dedicated this job assignment.

5. Submit with the monthly Discharge Monitoring Reports a summary of manhours spent working on the collection system, work done to identify and reduce 1/1, report on what repairs are completed on the pump stations and WRRF hours separately.

6. To minimize complications, please submit for NYSDEC Division of Environmental Remediation (DER) the US Army Corps of Engineers (USAGE) approval, the planned sewer routes through and/or around the immediate former Seneca Army Depot and Airfield.

7. Since deed restrictions exist throughout the Depot, please also submit all industrial development plans to the DER and USAGE for their approval. Submit copies of all correspondence between Seneca County, DER, and USACE to the Region 8 Regional Water Engineer.

8. Consider investigating other low-cost options for Hillside collection system and WRRF such as a Low-Pressure Sewer System and obtaining additional land outside the existing WRRF footprint to create a subsurface discharge. A subsurface discharge could have several advantages over including but not limited to less stringent permit requirements, no temperature monitoring of a trout stream, etc.

9. Conduct a sewer evaluation for the entire collection system to the Hillside WRRF. The connections from buildings demolished since 2000 could be once source of Ill to the system. The operators stated they plugged a drain from a pad of one former buildings.

10.Modify grit and screen handling practices at the Outfall 001 and Outfall 002 facilities to prevent the material from freezing and remove frequently during the winter.

11. Bring the electrical panel of Outfall 002 to code as the door will not stay closed and the panel is supported by a board.

12.Prepare for phosphorus removal limits at the both Outfalls. Evaluate the sludge handling capabilities of the existing facilities. Invest in equipment/processes that will be capable of processing the additional sludge that will be generated by removing phosphorus.

13. Evaluate and repair the underground conduit and electrical issues with the Five Points (001) Rotating Biological Contactor's. Remove the tripping hazards created by the installation of the aboveground conduits between the RBC Units (See Figure 5 and Figure 6).

14.Ensure staff has access to the collection system behind the locked gates of the Q-Area Technology Park for inspection and maintenance.

moratorium on all new sewer connections,

Effective immediately - This Department is imposing a Sewer Moratorium until a new approvable Sewer Use Law is adopted and recorded by the Department of State.

Sewer Consolidation proposal.

After review of the above referenced report, the Department is unable to approve the (PER) report as prepared.
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#1524560 --- 02/15/19 12:15 PM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: all seeing eye]
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It looks like the State and Federal governments are in serious trouble.
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#1524575 --- 02/15/19 09:07 PM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: scwoodchuck]
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You forgot the trouble that the residential customers of the County Sewer Districts, including the out of district customers, are in. If they have to pay for all this stuff....how are they going to afford the Sewer Consolidation and the almost $3 million in engineering fees?

Originally Posted By: scwoodchuck
It looks like the State and Federal governments are in serious trouble.
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#1524585 --- 02/16/19 08:46 AM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: all seeing eye]
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BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, you intentionally did not mention that the State and Federal customers will pay for most of it along with grant money. But just keep right on twisting the facts, that's what you're best at !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#1524592 --- 02/16/19 10:38 AM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: scwoodchuck]
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I am not talking about the consolidation or whatever is decided needs to be done. I am talking about the repairs DEC says need to be done NOW and the repairs to the collection system, that are not part of the consolidation.

PS what Federal Customers? And Sampson State Parks is paying just $180/quarter. How much do you think they will kick in? 20 bucks or so?

Originally Posted By: scwoodchuck
BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, you intentionally did not mention that the State and Federal customers will pay for most of it along with grant money. But just keep right on twisting the facts, that's what you're best at !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#1524595 --- 02/16/19 03:53 PM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: all seeing eye]
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Q area and Coast Guard but the $22 million dollar project would only be done if $20 million or so were funded by sources other than private individuals. But you keep leaving that part out.




HEY CHUCK, what's the weather like in Daytona ?


Edited by Hello_Governer (02/16/19 04:02 PM)
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#1524596 --- 02/16/19 06:22 PM Re: Major violations uncovered as DEC imposes sewer moratorium in Ovid, Lodi, Romulus, and Willard [Re: Hello_Governer]
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I BELIEVE THE Q AREA IS OWNED BY THE IDA AND LEASED TO FINGER LAKES TECHNOLOGY GROUP/FIRST LIGHT:

The result of a 20-year lease agreement between FLTG and the Seneca County Economic Development Corp., Finger Lakes Technologies Group Park is located in the former Seneca Army Depot’s conservation area. The former Army base is now a network monitoring station for companies worldwide, and serves as a data backup storage site.The facility features triple-fencing, making it more secure than many other co-location and disaster recovery sites. The entire base is connected to FLTG’s state-of-the-art fiber optic network, which runs from Rochester to Ithaca and to all other major cities in the state through interconnection with the Independent Optical Network (ION). The company, along with its sister corporation, Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone, received a $250,000 grant from the state to transform the former Army base. Future plans for the site include the conversion of 64, nearly 2,000-square-foot bunkers. These bunkers will provide impenetrable storage areas because they are weather-proof and because they feature four-feet-thick walls, 13-foot-high ceilings, steel cages and iron doors. The site will be available to area companies for equipment storage and for secure storage of such materials as papers, records, tapes and cabinets.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE Q AREA TO ME.

AND I DOUBT THERE IS MUCH PRESENCE FROM THE COAST GUARD. ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA:

LORAN-C transmitter Seneca
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The LORAN-C transmitter Seneca was the master station of the Northeastern United States LORAN-C Chain (GRI 9960) and the X-Ray secondary station of the Great Lakes Chain (GRI 8970). It was located within the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, New York, south of Geneva.

The station, was shut down for good on February 9, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. EST.[4] The tower was dismantled shortly after decommissioning of the LORAN-C system and was stacked in pieces next to the transmitter building awaiting further disposition.

THE ONLY FEDERAL FACILITY AT THE DEPOT I AM AWARE OF IS THE ARMY OFFICE, WHICH HAS TWO OR THREE EMPLOYEES MANAGING THE COMPLETION OF THE REMEDIATION AND COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAND USE RESTRICTIONS.

the $22 million dollar project would only be done if $20 million or so were funded by sources other than private individuals. But you keep leaving that part out.

SO WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE PAYING THE ENGINEERING FIRM TO WRITE AND REVISE PLANS, FILE GRANT APPLICATIONS, PREPARE SEQR DOCUMENTS, ETC. UNTIL WE FIND OUT IF $20,000,000 IS ON THE WAY?

AS FAR AS I KNOW THEY DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER FROM DOCCS, ABOUT WHETHER IT AGREES TO THE CONVERSION OF THE PLANT...MUCH LESS THE REQUEST FOR $10,000,000.
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