About this project

The Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) Bird Island Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) currently serves residents in the City of Buffalo and surrounding suburbs. As part of a comprehensive plan to preserve the environment and continue its mission to close the health disparities gap, BSA has developed a Combined Sewer Overflow Long-Term Control Plan (CSO LTCP) to increase the capacity of the sewer system and of the Bird Island WWTF over a period of 20 years. The Secondary System Rehabilitation and Upgrades represents Phase I of a three-phase effort to improve the wet weather functionality of the WWTF.  It will rehabilitate the WWTF’s biological systems to improve treatment of current flows. Some processes and equipment included in the Phase I project are nearing 50 years old, well beyond their useful life. The investment in this rehabilitation work will result in renewed critical infrastructure assets to support the long-term growth and resurgence of the City of Buffalo.


What are the benefits?

Improves the water environment


Sustains viability of a critical community resource



  Creates a significant investment in the economy




How will this work be funded?

This $55.85M project is funded through a variety of federal and state loan and grant programs including the New York State Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Program, and a New York State Department of Environmental Compliance Water Quality Improvement Project Grant.