Report Card: Bay Park Sewage Plant Worst on LI

54 water-quality violations were issued to the East Rockaway-based plant in five years.

The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, the facility that a Long Beach resident discovered was emitting excessive amounts of sludge into Reynolds Channel last year, was graded a D ranked the worst among Long Island's 10 sewage plants in a report card issued by Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a Farmingdale environmental advocacy group.

Newsday reports that 54-water-quality violations were issued to the East Rockaway-based plant in five years.

The Nassau County-run plant and its operations have become a central issue in the 4th Legislative District race between incumbent Republican Denise Ford and her challenger, fellow Long Beach resident Darlene Tangney. 

The the report card can be found on the Citizens' website.


1. Huntington -- A+

2. Bergen Point -- B+

3. Patchogue -- B

4. Riverhead -- B

5. Glen Cove -- C+

6. Cedar Creek -- C

7. Port Jefferson -- C

8. Stony Brook -- D

9. Long Beach -- D

10. Bay Park -- D



johnguthrieyates November 01, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Bay Park gets a D ... that's not the story. Worst sewage plant on the Island ... that's not the story either. Major issue in the 4th Legislative District ... that's not the story either. It has been common knowledge this facility has been the pits. This was reported last year for heaven's sake ... that's not the story. The story is how it got that way, when it got that way, who responsible for getting it that way and where were the State agencies charged with monitoring these facilities long before they reached critical meltdown ? That's the story. Newsday and The Patch missed this by a mile ... Long Island Press was writing about in 2010 and this year. And then there is the next story ... just how well is the new administration really doing, I mean really doing. Why did it take them so long to make any progress ? That's another good story. Bay Park got a D, not a story, that's old news.
Goingplaces November 02, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Shameful and embarrassing
joe November 02, 2011 at 12:45 AM
According to Newday Long Beach is running a close second worst on Long Island. With what we are paying on sewage bills we should be the best !
Eddie November 02, 2011 at 02:07 AM
I wouldn't put too much credibility in "grades" given by the "Citizens Campaign for the Environment". They have no credential whatever. Anyone know what the DEC has to say? They get the records and do the tests.
rich November 02, 2011 at 11:46 AM
bay park has been fined and ordered to fix certain processes for efficiency- thay have their problems because of neglect by management and oversight agencies. Long Beach has little to no violations and besides being an aging system with needed maintenance and repairs, provides a vital service to the citizens of Long Beach and surrounding areas. Imagine, they wanted to give our system to Nassau(Bay Park) a few years ago- talk about being knee deep.
Jim C November 02, 2011 at 11:59 AM
If any citizen was caught dumping into the bay and violating DEC regulations, they would most likely end up in court. And this would be a fraction of the amount being dumped. Why dont they go after the management of the plant that was doing this in the same manner!! And this was on a MUCH lrger scale.
LBLover November 02, 2011 at 12:35 PM
LBLover November 02, 2011 at 12:36 PM
Patch do a story on that..What caused the D rating? With sewage up 50% shouldn't we be at A
Ivan Bexter November 02, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Point well taken Eddie, my Q is why did Newsday leave out the other plant on the barrier island located in W. Atlantic Beach??? Perhaps because it is a Special District plant with an exemplary operating history & no violations? That would not play well in to the negative sensationalism of Newsdays story?! Just saying...
SMC November 02, 2011 at 12:52 PM
Go to a S.P.L.A.S.H. Meeting in Freeport. You will be amazazed at what you don't know!
Misty November 02, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Why is it that the city continues to hire people that are not qualified to do their jobs? I don't get it. The biggest problems in Long Beach are a result of poor or no maintenance because the employees are not trained to do their jobs.
Ivan Bexter November 02, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Well said Misty. Nepotism & failure of L.B. Civil service commission is a large part of the problem. Also the fact that the city council ignores waste water treatment for sake of more publicly seen projects adds too. The problem with infrastructure projects like waste water treatment is that it costs lots of money & the benefits are not immediately realized, therefore often pushed to the back burner.
concerned November 02, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Tom November 02, 2011 at 04:06 PM
Eddie how have you arrived at Citizen's Campaign having no credentials? They are a respected group known to be on the up and up
Tom November 02, 2011 at 04:08 PM
As the LI Press reported previously its a catch 22 if they go after bay park or others and make them fix the issues guess who pays...we do
Karen Fife Sahn November 03, 2011 at 01:51 PM
And why weren't the residents informed of the dangers when they knew? Denise Ford didn't think it was necessary to let us know until after the problem was fixed. What did our administration know and when and why didn't they inform us? It has to be that either they are not in touch with the county legislature (not good) or they also felt it was not their job to let us know (also bad). I can't think of any other reason.
Karen Fife Sahn November 03, 2011 at 01:52 PM
rich November 03, 2011 at 10:14 PM
not quite true, poor or no maintenance is a result of poor management- the workers at the water and sewer plant are trained and tested by the state and retested every five years, cannot say the same of the rest of the city. when the city won't pay, we cannot fix. It is a vital service that no one sees, but everyone needs and evryone uses. No need to let it go before it costs millions- a little here and there keep things efficient and like new. There are many municipalities and such that budget properly for maintenance and parts and their systems are fine.
inplainsight November 03, 2011 at 10:37 PM
it is nassau county that was hiding the problem, there are no problems to hide in LB. Nassau county knew of their problems but figured if no one was wise enough to catch a little sludge each day, then it was cheaper than fixing it. they did a refurbishing a few years back and took inwood and lawrence to increase their capacity efficiency, guess it did not work.. who is managing that plant and who is the public works commish and where was he or her.
Karen Fife Sahn November 03, 2011 at 10:43 PM
I agree with inplainsight that it is Nassau County that screwed up, however, that includes Denise Ford who chose not to inform her constituents of the hazards and put them at risk. She represents us and should have notified our council who should have notified us. Now do we know if she did notify our council? If so, why were they staying quiet and not doing their job to protect their citizens (us). These are questions that need to be answered. The problem wasn't ours but the transparency and notification to our residents was.
johnguthrieyates December 01, 2011 at 03:33 PM
To their credit,the Long Island Press has continualy done some excellent indepth reporting regarding Cedar Creek and Bay Park ... all the way back to 2005 ... when the troubles first surfaced. When the Department of Labor and Department of Environmental Conservation were finally successfully dragged back in the first half of 2010 Nassau county had no choice but to start correcting very serious violations. Gross neglect by the previous administration coupled with a clueless current administration were and still are the root causes for the conditions at these facilities. Gross mismanagement or the lack of any management at all by assistant commissioners, commissioners, office of budget and management as well as the county legislators and county executives, people that are clearly and simply incapable of dealing with this as well as sadly many other serious issues that currently plague our county. These plants are nothing more than a shining example of the true incompetence.


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