CWC sets new septic rules

Margaretville — The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors on December 2 approved rules for a new program that will repair or replace failed septic systems for small businesses in the Catskill-Delaware Watershed.
The CWC will reimburse eligible small business owners, those employing 100 or fewer people, 75 percent of the cost of septic repairs up to a maximum of $40,000. To be eligible, failing commercial septics must be 100 feet from a watercourse, 500 feet from a reservoir of the New York City Water System, or within a specified priority zone (the so-called “60-day travel time” area).
Apartment buildings and trailer parks are not considered small businesses for this program. Only commercial septic systems constructed after Nov. 2, 1995 are eligible for repair reimbursement.
Business properties served or potentially served by New York City or municipally-owned sewer projects, or by Community Wastewater Management Projects developed by the CWC, are not eligible for the new septic repair program.
Commercial enterprises in 13 areas where a new Cluster System Septic Program is being developed may also be ineligible for septic repairs as they may be served by future wastewater projects addressing clusters of buildings. Arrangements may be made, however, for temporary or managed repairs in these areas if circumstances warrant it.
The new Small Business Septic Repair Program is expected to be operational in the spring of 2009. It was outlined in the 2007 Filtration Avoidance Determination issued by the US Environmental Protection Agency to New York City to allow it to continue to avoid filtering its vast Catskill-Delaware water supply.
Four-million dollars have been committed to the Small Business Septic Program.
The program will add a new dimension to the existing CWC Septic Replacement and Rehabilitation Program, which over the past 11 years has paid for repairs to more than 2,800 systems for one- and two-family homes and home-based businesses.
For more information, contact Leo LaBuda at the CWC at 586-1400.

may be reimbursed
Are you a homeowner in the Catskill-Delaware Watershed who repaired or replaced your septic system during 2008 without help from the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC)?
If so, you may be able to recoup those costs now. Full-time residents may receive 100 percent of eligible costs, while part-time residents can get 60 percent of those costs reimbursed.
The CWC Board of Directors recently adopted a measure allowing reimbursement for septic repairs done between January 1 and December 31, 2008 that were not within priority areas for the regular Septic Repair and Rehabilitation Program. Adequate money in the program fund allows the CWC to make this assistance available at year’s end.
Homeowners who can show proof that repairs were completed, were approved by NYC Department of Environmental Protection and were paid for may fill out a CWC form to request reimbursement.
Homes that were constructed after November 2, 1995 are not eligible for this program.

Board approves contracts
The CWC Board of Directors has approved contracts for the study phase of three proposed community wastewater management projects.
The hamlets of Trout Creek and South Kortright in Delaware County, and Lexington in Greene County, are in line for the projects because they are named in the 1997 New York City Watershed Memorandum of Agreement on a list of 22 communities needing wastewater solutions. Wastewater treatment plants, community septic systems and other solutions have already been provided or are in the planning stages for 14 of the 22 hamlets.
The CWC’s Community Wastewater Management Program (CWMP) will fund the study and construction work in the next three hamlets.
Individual studies for all three will be conducted by Lamont Engineers for a total of $461,528. This phase includes four public information meetings in each community, coordination of GIS mapping and geotechnical testing, and evaluation of alternative solutions and service areas. Alternative approaches may include maintenance districts for individual on-site septic systems, clustered and/or community leach fields, or surface-water discharge wastewater treatment plants.
Meanwhile, the CWC Board on Nov. 4 amended the previously approved CWMP construction block grant for the Boiceville wastewater treatment plant and collection system. The amendment added $2.2 million to the original grant of $10,078,000 because bids for the Ulster County project came in higher than anticipated more than two years after it was first designed.
The job is expected to be awarded at an upcoming meeting of the Olive Town Board, and construction is anticipated in the spring of 2009.
For more information on CWC programs to assist residents and businesses in the New York City Watershed, call 586-1400, or go to