New Jersey Wastewater Infrastructure Restoration and Resiliency - Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority, Union Beach project

Facilities are being redesigned and restored for extreme weather resiliency at the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) in Union Beach, New Jersey. This project is part of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s commitment to provide resiliency to the state’s water and wastewater infrastructure directly impacted by Superstorm Sandy, as developed under his 2013 water infrastructure resiliency funding initiative. The $28 million project at Union Beach will incorporate reconstruction with added resiliency of the authority’s main incinerator, pump stations and other buildings.

As overseen by NJ’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the project is being financed through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT), an independent financing authority for the state. BRSA obtained financial assistance from NJEIT’s Statewide Assistance Infrastructure Loan (SAIL) program. SAIL provides operators of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure with low-interest, short-term bridge loans in advance of federal disaster aid, allowing work on critical projects to move forward by mitigating cash flow challenges that communities might face immediately following a disaster.

BRSA owns and operates a wastewater collection and treatment system that conveys an average of eight million gallons of wastewater per day from eight separate municipalities in New Jersey including Aberdeen, Hazlet, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Matawan, Union Beach and the Morganville section of Marlboro - representing a combined service population of 83,000.

Superstorm Sandy inundated the plant with sea water from Raritan Bay, causing many critical buildings to flood, including those with underground system components. Many of these components required immediate repair and replacement to prevent an overflow of sewage.

As described in the linked NJ DEP press release, through the SAIL program, water systems like BRSA are able to begin critical infrastructure projects earlier, with less financial stress and with the added guidance that NJEIT provides to navigate the complex compliance requirements that come with receiving federal funding.

The $28 million project at Union Beach is broken down into three phases including restoration of equipment and buildings, flood-proofing structures, and elevation of equipment and other mitigation measures - which are described further on the linked DEP website.

All construction work is scheduled to be completed by September 2016.

 

In 2013, Governor Christie signed legislation (S2815) authorizing $1.28 billion in state financing for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the state. The legislation provided no-cost and low-cost loans through NJEIT. Operators have since been able to use NJEIT’s SAIL loan program for bridge loans and access to immediate funding pending disaster reimbursement from the federal government.

 

 

 

Publication Date: May 18, 2015

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  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

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