Decentralized Wastewater Demonstration Project
Project overview: The Orange County Water Authority (OCWA) conducted this project to demonstrate practices and technologies capable of reducing phosphorus pollution from septic systems while utilizing technologies that minimize electricity consumption in the New York portion of the Greenwood Lake Watershed (study area). The end goal of the project was to demonstrate reliable, low-energy wastewater technologies that can help improve water quality through relatively affordable options that can be used more widely in lake communities with similar issues (shallow soil and/or close proximity to a waterbody) and more broadly. The project was funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) with a grant obtained through Senator Charles Schumerís office, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the OCWA. The Village of Greenwood Lake, Town of Warwick and the County Planning Department have provided valuable information and in-kind support throughout the eight-year project. The systems installed will provide a real-world demonstration of several management options that may be part of a sustainable wastewater strategy for the community, and a plan to provide guidance for local leaders and residents about next steps for implementation of system upgrades and other management steps. The final report including all the findings and recommendations is posted below.

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HOUSEHOLD DETERGENT AND NUTRIENT RUNOFF LAW banning the sale of detergents and fertilizers containing phosporus in New York State. Click here to view the article on the NYS DEC website if you would like to learn more about this law and how it will improve water quality in New York, more specifically Greenwood Lake, by reducing phosphorus runoff into waterbodies. It will also reduce costs to local governments and private entities required to remove excess phosphorus from stormwater and wastewater, and will expand recreational uses of the state's waters.

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Decentralized Wastewater Demonstration Project Final Report
Final Public Presentation Part 1 Reducing Phosphorus Loading from onsite wastewater treatment systems
Final Public Presentation Part 2 Energy/Economic Comparisons, Management Models, and Recommendations

Newsletter 1st Edition (2009)
Mountain Lodge Park Management Study (2008)
Meeting Powerpoint Presentation (2007)
Project Work Plan
Project Background and Information