HALT THE VAULT
Organized by: Charley Tarr
Construction is underway as the Buffalo Sewer Authority moves forward with experimental designs to dam and retain large volumes of sewage under our city streets in densely populated residential neighborhoods. Under the present plan Buffalo is now federally promised to dam and retain combined sanitary and storm sewage in SEVENTEEN separate zones of the city sewer system. Each of these areas is quite large. For example, Phase-II of the Bird Avenue trunk extends the sewage retention up the entire length of Bird Avenue from Parkdale to Delaware Avenue....onto Delaware, finally terminating at Delevan Avenue. At last check, nobody is damming sewage under residential streets in Cheektowaga, Amherst or Williamsville.These plans are born of a prior US EPA Order demanding that the problem of Combined Sewer Overflows be addressed for remediation.
Unfortunately, the individual solutions authored under the BSA’s Long Term Control Plan have not received individual environmental impact review as required by law under the State Environmental Quality Review Act. It appears the BSA is attempting to push all of the various projects through under a blanket ‘Negative Declaration’ from 2012 that focused solely on the betterment and prosperity of hopefully reducing CSO’s in the future and improving local waterways.
If BSA is allowed to ignore the Laws of New York State these individual project solutions with very serious impacts for Buffalo residents may proceed forward as “Test & Demonstration” with grave consequences. A letter submitted to the City and Buffalo Sewer Authority identifies at least fifteen substantial concerns for health and quality of life if toxic sewage is allowed to be dammed and retained with gated vaults under our streets.
Funds raised will be allocated toward legal preparations and filing fees for the Article-78 proceeding I have presently filed in State Supreme Court as well as an Order to Show Cause seeking injunction. The basic costs of filing are set by the State Courts as follows:
- $ 210.00 for Index Number
- $ 95.00 for Request for Judicial Intervention
- $ 30.00 for Note of Issue
- $ 45.00 for Motion Fee (filing the Order to Show Cause and TRO)
You can review the Article-78 Petition at the following SkyDrive URL:
The Order to Show Cause with TRO is hosted here:
Learn more about the circumstance by reading the article "Fixing Buffalo's Sewer Issues: Good Intentions, or Bad Review Process?" by Geoff Kelly: