Buffalo Sewer Authority

Buffalo Sewer Authority BSA protects public health and our Great Lakes waterways from water pollution. Our job is to maintain and improve the infrastructure, innovation, and efficiency of our water resources to ensure the quality of life throughout Western New York.

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In conjunction with The Nature Conservancy, the University of Michigan and Environmental Consulting & Technology, Great ...
09/20/2021
Another Voice: Innovative financing can boost the region's climate resilience

In conjunction with The Nature Conservancy, the University of Michigan and Environmental Consulting & Technology, Great Lakes Impact Investment platform works to highlight projects that focus on environmental benefits and financial returns. Buffalo Sewer Authority's RainCheck #greeninfrastructure program is one of 30 projects that will make an environmental impact by investing in the region. The project uses the environmental impact bond to reduce combined overflows and decrease borrowing costs for the city.

https://buffalonews.com/opinion/another-voice-innovative-financing-can-boost-the-regions-climate-resilience/article_8e9c6d5c-14e0-11ec-87b9-03b5c4541390.html

As Western New York has seen firsthand, severe weather has landed squarely on doorsteps – and in some basements – over the last few summers.

Today marks the first day of #HispanicHeritageMonth. The recognition,  running, September 15 - October 15 every year, ac...
09/15/2021

Today marks the first day of #HispanicHeritageMonth. The recognition, running, September 15 - October 15 every year, acknowledges and celebrates the many contributions of Hispanic Americans.

Today marks the first day of #HispanicHeritageMonth. The recognition, running, September 15 - October 15 every year, acknowledges and celebrates the many contributions of Hispanic Americans.

Buffalo Sewer Authority’s $54 million Environmental Impact Bond, the largest ever, is one of the Great Lakes Impact Inve...
09/14/2021
Great Lakes Impact Investment Platform nears $4 billion in sustainability projects

Buffalo Sewer Authority’s $54 million Environmental Impact Bond, the largest ever, is one of the Great Lakes Impact Investment Platform’s close to $4 billion sustainability projects. Buffalo Sewer’s EIB will serve as a tool measuring the outcomes of #greeninfrastructure initiatives.

The Platform is aiding investors and organizations by helping them find ways to create and pay for sustainable environmental projects by supporting various investment methods such as green bonds, green lending, real assets and environmental impact bonds. Read more here:

https://www.shelbynews.com/news/state/great-lakes-impact-investment-platform-nears-4-billion-in-sustainability-projects/article_a9542882-8c33-58a9-ad80-0716f86cb5dc.html

CHICAGO, Sept. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Great Lakes Impact Investment Platform has attracted nearly $4 billion in sustainability investments in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence region of the United

Today marks 20 years of the tragic events of 9/11. As we remember the victims and their families, we also honor the brav...
09/11/2021

Today marks 20 years of the tragic events of 9/11. As we remember the victims and their families, we also honor the bravery and the heroic acts shown by firefighters, police officers and ordinary citizens on that day. Never forget.

Today marks 20 years of the tragic events of 9/11. As we remember the victims and their families, we also honor the bravery and the heroic acts shown by firefighters, police officers and ordinary citizens on that day. Never forget.

Congratulations to our Intergovernmental Coordinator, Lisa Yaeger who was honored as one of Women Making History during ...
08/24/2021

Congratulations to our Intergovernmental Coordinator, Lisa Yaeger who was honored as one of Women Making History during the 10th and 11th Annual Women Who Walk In the Footsteps of Greatness!

Can you believe the size of the #bioswale at Northland Ave❓Holy Cow, that’s a whole lotta #stormwater management!
08/20/2021

Can you believe the size of the #bioswale at Northland Ave❓

Holy Cow, that’s a whole lotta #stormwater management!

Can you believe the size of the #bioswale at Northland Ave❓

Holy Cow, that’s a whole lotta #stormwater management!

We wanted to take this time to thank our AmeriCorps VISTA - Project MOVE Buffalo, Sydney Collins for all of her hard wor...
08/10/2021

We wanted to take this time to thank our AmeriCorps VISTA - Project MOVE Buffalo, Sydney Collins for all of her hard work over this past year. Sydney has been an invaluable addition on our team managing our social media, collecting and compiling data and assisting on projects with Buffalo Sewer.

Sydney identified and highlighted our employees work and, the important projects, including #GreenInfrastructure, taking place throughout our City. Sydney's work was exceptional and we were so fortunate to have her work with us. We are going to miss Sydney, but we wish her the very best!

Check out all the awesome biodiversity in our #GreenInfrastructure sites on Niagara St! 🦋🌼🐍🌱
08/04/2021

Check out all the awesome biodiversity in our #GreenInfrastructure sites on Niagara St! 🦋🌼🐍🌱

Nothing like a #ThrowbackTuesday! ⚡️Remember when we installed our new 96 ton transformer to control the #energy at our ...
08/03/2021

Nothing like a #ThrowbackTuesday! ⚡️Remember when we installed our new 96 ton transformer to control the #energy at our Treatment Plant? Here are some live shots of it being barged over the Black Rock Canal! Witness the #power of water! 🌊

Nothing like a #ThrowbackTuesday! ⚡️Remember when we installed our new 96 ton transformer to control the #energy at our Treatment Plant? Here are some live shots of it being barged over the Black Rock Canal! Witness the #power of water! 🌊

We extend our congratulations to Mami Hara as the new CEO of the US Water Alliance! Currently serving as the General Man...
07/29/2021

We extend our congratulations to Mami Hara as the new CEO of the US Water Alliance! Currently serving as the General Manager for Seattle Public Utilities, Mami's three decades of expertise in the water sector and focus on environmental equity will ensure her success in leading the Alliance. We are so excited for the new leadership with the US Water Alliance!

We extend our congratulations to Mami Hara as the new CEO of the US Water Alliance! Currently serving as the General Manager for Seattle Public Utilities, Mami's three decades of expertise in the water sector and focus on environmental equity will ensure her success in leading the Alliance. We are so excited for the new leadership with the US Water Alliance!

Our #GreenInfrastructure crews finished the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NCIGP) curriculum! This...
07/27/2021

Our #GreenInfrastructure crews finished the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NCIGP) curriculum! This nationally recognized certification program is a great #workforce development tool to provide technical skills necessary to properly construct, inspect, and maintain green infrastructure. Over 6 weeks, our 14 crew members consisting of our maintenance team, engineers, and supervisors completed 36 hours of classroom and field learning. Thank you PowerCorps PHL for the instruction, and EnviroCert International, Inc. for the resources! 💚

Unable to pay rent? The City of #Buffalo can help! When the Eviction Moratorium is lifted in August 31, 2021, many peopl...
07/26/2021

Unable to pay rent? The City of #Buffalo can help! When the Eviction Moratorium is lifted in August 31, 2021, many people will face #eviction if they are not up to date on rent. The City of Buffalo can provide up to 12 months of rental and utility #assistance to residents impacted by #COVID-19. Visit standupbuffalo.com or call 211. 🏠

Unable to pay rent? The City of #Buffalo can help! When the Eviction Moratorium is lifted in August 31, 2021, many people will face #eviction if they are not up to date on rent. The City of Buffalo can provide up to 12 months of rental and utility #assistance to residents impacted by #COVID-19. Visit standupbuffalo.com or call 211. 🏠

07/26/2021

Congratulations to Buffalo Sewer Authority's General Manager OJ as an Officer for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies! Amazing leadership to continue world-class innovation within the water sector. 💧

https://fb.watch/6_DWemsNcU/

President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill would include $45 billion that go toward removing lead ...
07/26/2021
Biden’s infrastructure bill would include $45 billion to remove lead pipelines across U.S.

President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill would include $45 billion that go toward removing lead pipelines across the country! There are between 30,000-40,000 lead pipelines in Buffalo. Our General Manager OJ McFoy says we have replaced over 500 of these service lines, and it could cost up to $500 million to replace them all.

“It fits right in with our mission, which is public health,” McFoy said. “We have to make sure that we maintain the trust of our customers of our residents of the people that we serve in delivering safe, clean water.” 🚰

Read more at https://www.wivb.com/news/national/bidens-infrastructure-bill-would-include-45-billion-to-remove-lead-pipelines-across-u-s/!

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIVB) — President Joe Biden’s proposed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill would include $45 billion that go toward removing lead pipelines across the coun…

Cheers to an awesome #ThankAnOperatorThursday! 🥂 Today we celebrate our fantastic Operator I Eric. Eric has been working...
07/22/2021

Cheers to an awesome #ThankAnOperatorThursday! 🥂 Today we celebrate our fantastic Operator I Eric. Eric has been working at Buffalo Sewer since February 2021 and is off to a bangin' start. He loves the wildlife and the process of aeration at the Treatment Plant. Eric, we appreciate your eagerness to learn from long-time Operators (Like Mike!), and thanks for being a great member of the team. 😁

Cheers to an awesome #ThankAnOperatorThursday! 🥂 Today we celebrate our fantastic Operator I Eric. Eric has been working at Buffalo Sewer since February 2021 and is off to a bangin' start. He loves the wildlife and the process of aeration at the Treatment Plant. Eric, we appreciate your eagerness to learn from long-time Operators (Like Mike!), and thanks for being a great member of the team. 😁

Buffalo's sewer system is getting greener, smarter, and more equitable! ⚙️ Our "smart sewers" are utilizing computer sen...
07/19/2021

Buffalo's sewer system is getting greener, smarter, and more equitable! ⚙️ Our "smart sewers" are utilizing computer sensors to slow the release #water after large rain events. Our #greeninfrastructure sites mimic nature with street trees, rain gardens, and permeable pavement for stormwater management. These strategies will support neighborhoods with historic flooding issues and build #equity in the city! 🌳🏗️

Listen here https://www.wbfo.org/local/2021-07-19/buffalos-sewer-system-is-getting-greener-and-smarter!

Happy #716 Day! Today we celebrate our Buffalo community. Give 716 is a 24-hour online fundraiser started by Buffalo Bil...
07/16/2021

Happy #716 Day! Today we celebrate our Buffalo community. Give 716 is a 24-hour online fundraiser started by Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres to support local nonprofits! You can donate to organizations like Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper , Buffalo Go Green, Inc. , Buffalo Green Fund , Gardens Buffalo Niagara , Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens , and so many more. Get involved today 7/16 through 11:59 PM at https://give716.org/ ! ♥️💙🤍

Happy #716 Day! Today we celebrate our Buffalo community. Give 716 is a 24-hour online fundraiser started by Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres to support local nonprofits! You can donate to organizations like Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper , Buffalo Go Green, Inc. , Buffalo Green Fund , Gardens Buffalo Niagara , Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens , and so many more. Get involved today 7/16 through 11:59 PM at https://give716.org/ ! ♥️💙🤍

Congratulations to our Assistant Sanitary Engineer Regina Harris for passing her Fundamentals of Engineer exam and she i...
07/15/2021

Congratulations to our Assistant Sanitary Engineer Regina Harris for passing her Fundamentals of Engineer exam and she is officially an Engineer in Training (EIT). We are so proud of your hard work! ⭐️📚

Congratulations to our Assistant Sanitary Engineer Regina Harris for passing her Fundamentals of Engineer exam and she is officially an Engineer in Training (EIT). We are so proud of your hard work! ⭐️📚

In need of a morning workout? Why don’t you try throwing scrap tires into the back of a ⁦‪@BuffaloSewer‬⁩ truck? It’s NB...
07/13/2021

In need of a morning workout? Why don’t you try throwing scrap tires into the back of a ⁦‪@BuffaloSewer‬⁩ truck? It’s NBD for our crews! 😎💪🏽🛻

On June 21, the US Water Alliance released its report “Water Equity Taskforce Insights for the Water Sector,”' which bui...
07/12/2021

On June 21, the US Water Alliance released its report “Water Equity Taskforce Insights for the Water Sector,”' which builds a communal vision for an equitable water future by showcasing how Buffalo and other cities are seeking water equity through racial, environmental, and economic justice.

The report offers insights into how Buffalo is trying to spur a more equitable water future as part of the Water Equity Taskforce. This cross-sector endeavor across seven cities has created a unique roadmap for water equity, and the new report offers lessons from which other communities can draw.

Check it out at http://uswateralliance.org/sites/uswateralliance.org/files/FINAL%20Water%20Equity%20Taskforce%20Insights%20for%20the%20Water%20Sector.pdf!

On June 21, the US Water Alliance released its report “Water Equity Taskforce Insights for the Water Sector,”' which builds a communal vision for an equitable water future by showcasing how Buffalo and other cities are seeking water equity through racial, environmental, and economic justice.

The report offers insights into how Buffalo is trying to spur a more equitable water future as part of the Water Equity Taskforce. This cross-sector endeavor across seven cities has created a unique roadmap for water equity, and the new report offers lessons from which other communities can draw.

Check it out at http://uswateralliance.org/sites/uswateralliance.org/files/FINAL%20Water%20Equity%20Taskforce%20Insights%20for%20the%20Water%20Sector.pdf!

A great day for #greeninfrastructure! 🌱 This rainy afternoon our crews went to see William St median in live action. The...
07/08/2021

A great day for #greeninfrastructure! 🌱 This rainy afternoon our crews went to see William St median in live action. The #stormwater runs off the adjacent roads into the bioretention basin and absorbs into the ground. This practice diverts excess water from our sewer system and adds green space in #Buffalo! 💦

Have a background in landcare, horticulture, or grounds maintenance? Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. is seeking a ...
07/06/2021

Have a background in landcare, horticulture, or grounds maintenance? Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. is seeking a Stormwater Maintenance Foreman with Buffalo Sewer's green infrastructure workforce program. Submit a resume and cover letter to Director of Environmental Stewardship Deirdre Wright to [email protected]!

Have a background in landcare, horticulture, or grounds maintenance? Heart of the City Neighborhoods, Inc. is seeking a Stormwater Maintenance Foreman with Buffalo Sewer's green infrastructure workforce program. Submit a resume and cover letter to Director of Environmental Stewardship Deirdre Wright to [email protected]!

Buffalo ends water shut-off for low-income customers.Last Friday Mayor Byron W. Brown announced the expansion and contin...
07/06/2021

Buffalo ends water shut-off for low-income customers.

Last Friday Mayor Byron W. Brown announced the expansion and continuation of the City’s Water Amnesty program which will be supported with a $13 million investment from Buffalo’s American Rescue Plan. This will clear either two quarters or $300 of past due bills, as well as any accrued interest or fees. Eligible residents will then be enrolled in Buffalo’s Water Amnesty program to help lower their payments moving forward.

Buffalo Water has also issued an RFP to identify a form to employ a new customer-oriented outreach program. This new approach will include a policy to end shut-offs related to non-payment for low-income residents.

Mayor Brown declared, "We can now achieve the full potential of our amnesty program by guaranteeing access to fresh, clean, and healthy water without the fear of a service shut-off due to their financial difficulties.”

“We continue our work to develop and implement equitable solutions to address the needs of our community. This program is a reflection of the commitment to serve our community by delivering safe, clean water to our customers” said our General Manager Oluwole McFoy, P.E.

Visit https://getwaterwisebuffalo.org/ to sign up!

Buffalo ends water shut-off for low-income customers.

Last Friday Mayor Byron W. Brown announced the expansion and continuation of the City’s Water Amnesty program which will be supported with a $13 million investment from Buffalo’s American Rescue Plan. This will clear either two quarters or $300 of past due bills, as well as any accrued interest or fees. Eligible residents will then be enrolled in Buffalo’s Water Amnesty program to help lower their payments moving forward.

Buffalo Water has also issued an RFP to identify a form to employ a new customer-oriented outreach program. This new approach will include a policy to end shut-offs related to non-payment for low-income residents.

Mayor Brown declared, "We can now achieve the full potential of our amnesty program by guaranteeing access to fresh, clean, and healthy water without the fear of a service shut-off due to their financial difficulties.”

“We continue our work to develop and implement equitable solutions to address the needs of our community. This program is a reflection of the commitment to serve our community by delivering safe, clean water to our customers” said our General Manager Oluwole McFoy, P.E.

Visit https://getwaterwisebuffalo.org/ to sign up!

Roses are red, Buffalo Sewer is blue, we welcome baby Quinn to the Treatment Plant crew! Congratulations to Sanitary Eng...
07/02/2021

Roses are red, Buffalo Sewer is blue, we welcome baby Quinn to the Treatment Plant crew! Congratulations to Sanitary Engineer Sarah for her miracle on the way. We wish you all the joy ahead, but remember – diapers aren’t flushable! 💙👶

Roses are red, Buffalo Sewer is blue, we welcome baby Quinn to the Treatment Plant crew! Congratulations to Sanitary Engineer Sarah for her miracle on the way. We wish you all the joy ahead, but remember – diapers aren’t flushable! 💙👶

A wonderful #ThankAnOperatorThursday! Today we spotlight the infamous Mike Curran as a hometown celebrity at the Treatme...
07/01/2021

A wonderful #ThankAnOperatorThursday! Today we spotlight the infamous Mike Curran as a hometown celebrity at the Treatment Plant. This beloved Operator II has a knack for helping the environment and enjoys working at the Buffalo Sewer Authority. Lucky to have a superstar like Mike on the team! ⭐

A wonderful #ThankAnOperatorThursday! Today we spotlight the infamous Mike Curran as a hometown celebrity at the Treatment Plant. This beloved Operator II has a knack for helping the environment and enjoys working at the Buffalo Sewer Authority. Lucky to have a superstar like Mike on the team! ⭐

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THE HISTORY OF BUFFALO SEWER

As the City of Buffalo developed initially, the Niagara River was used as an economical and convenient means of disposal for the community’s sewage. As the city continued to grow, a sewer system was gradually constructed to carry combined sewage and stormwater to the Buffalo River, Scajaquada Creek, and Black Rock Canal. Untreated sewage was discharged directly into these water bodies at several points throughout the city. As Buffalo grew, so did the volume and concentration of sewage discharged to the receiving water bodies. The health of the receiving water bodies and the surrounding environment became severely threatened.

In 1935 the New York Health Department mandated the City of Buffalo to discontinue without delay the menacing nuisance of pollution of the River waters. Persistent pollution and disease as well as treaties between the United States and Canada (Boundary Waters Treaty) lead to a reassessment of the means by which not only Buffalo, but many cities on the border’s waters, disposed of sanitary wastewater. The Niagara River was specifically named as among the most important of the boundary waters.

Buffalo Sewer, a public benefit corporation, was created by an Act of the Legislature in the spring of 1935 and delegated the responsibility for providing an effectual means of relieving the Niagara River and other tributary streams from pollution by sewage and waste. Buffalo Sewer was authorized to borrow money, issue bonds and provide for their repayment, fix and collect rates and rentals, and in general assume full-responsibility for carrying out the State Health Department’s mandate.

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