Albany CSO Pool Communities Corporation




In January of 2014, the six Communities (the cities of Albany, Troy, Cohoes, Rensselaer, Watervliet, and the Village of Green Island), the Albany County Sewer District, and the Rensselaer County Sewer District executed an Order on Consent administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Department accepted the Pool’s 15-year Long Term Control Plan. Through this Plan, the Pool will implement more than 50 projects and programs that will significantly improve the water quality of the Hudson River and its tributaries. A copy of this plan and supporting materials is available here.

Because the program is being advanced jointly, both financially and administratively, the Communities needed a mechanism to provide joint administrative oversight and financial management of the program. To foster the intermunicipal cooperation critical to program success, the six municipalities created the non-profit Albany CSO Pool Communities Corporation to lessen the burdens on local governments and provide a vehicle to jointly administer construction, finance, operation, and maintenance certain public utilities that will be repaired and constructed as part of a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) abatement program mandated by a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation enforcement order.

The Corporation will be operated exclusively for the specific purpose of reducing discharges of wastewater and stormwater from combined sewer overflows within the municipalities that are the members of the Corporation in order to protect the quality of the waters therein and to achieve compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and permits applicable to the management of combined sewer overflows in the municipalities that are the Corporation’s members; and acting in the public interest and performing essential government functions by relieving and reducing unemployment, promoting and providing for additional and maximum employment, bettering and maintaining job opportunities, instructing or training individuals to improve or develop their capabilities for such jobs, carrying on scientific research for the purpose of aiding a community or geographical area by attracting new industry to the community or area or by encouraging the development of, or retention of, an industry in the community or area, and lessening the burdens of the governments of the municipalities that are the Corporation’s members by achieving and maintaining compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and permits relating to combined sewer overflows and wastewater management.

The Corporation may also assist the member communities by applying for, obtaining and contracting with any federal, state, or local governmental agency or foundation, organization, or natural person for the purpose of obtaining grants, loans, or other forms of financial assistance, and expending or authorizing the expenditure of such funds in furtherance of the purposes of the Corporation.

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