ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Sewer Authority will spend $380 million over the next 20 years to reduce the amount of untreated sewage and runoff going into the Niagara River.
The work will involve sewage plant upgrades and the installation of rain gardens, pervious pavements and other techniques designed to absorb storm water and prevent it from overwhelming the sewer system.
Water from downpours or snowmelt can now exceed the sewer system's capabilities. Some 1.75 billion gallons of untreated sewage and runoff enter the Niagara River and its tributaries each year.
The effort was announced Monday by the EPA, which had required the local sewer authority to create a plan to reduce pollution.
Local sewer customers will likely pay for most of the work, though some federal funds may help defray the cost.