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Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority to Receive $2.4M in Federal Hurricane Sandy Relief

The funds are to be used to repair damage to a raw sewage main pump station.

The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority will receive $2,407,105.27 in federal funding through FEMA for emergency protective measures to repair their raw sewage main pump station, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy, according to a press release issued by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority, often called "The BRSA," is a government agency that handles the raw sewage of eight towns, by transporting, treating and disposing it and discharging cleaned water for Union Beach, Holmdel, Keyport, Hazlet, Keansburg, Matawan, Aberdeen and parts of Marlboro. 

The water treatment facility is located along the Raritan Bay in Union Beach and according to a December report by the Star Ledger, severe flooding caused about $10 million worth of damage to the plant. The authority passed a resolution authorizing the executive director to apply for aid through FEMA in November, according to their meeting minutes.

The BRSA was just one of three entities to receive a slice of the $15 million in federal funding announced Tuesday. Little Egg Harbor will receive $3,344,363.24 and Margate will receive $1,809,098.90 for the removal of debris. New Jersey State Police will receive $2,139,803.93 for labor and equipment and $5,585,808.22 for public health and safety activities performed as a result of Sandy.

"These grants will be incredibly helpful to our agencies, cities and towns, but there is much work we still must do to help New Jersey rebuild and recover, and I look forward to bringing more federal disaster aid back to New Jersey as soon as possible," said Lautenberg in the release. Lautenberg is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA.

"Small towns, public utilities and major cities were all in Superstorm Sandy's destructive path last year, and it was the dedicated response of our public safety personnel that made such a critical different in helping New Jersey's clean up after the storm and taking the first steps toward recovery," Menendez said in the release.

Practical Thinker February 21, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Great article Chelsea, now stop reporting that the BRSA discharges into the bay, as you and Christina Johnson have previously reported. The TRUTH is, the completely treated effluent, which must meet swimming pool grade quality, is sent through the Monmouth County Bayshore Outfall Authority's outfall pipe, where it is ultimately discharged into the ATLANTIC OCEAN far off Sandy Hook. You and your editor have caused unnecessary fear for local bay swimming residents, that BRSA sends their effluent into Raritan Bay. Get your story straight.
Bill Heller February 22, 2013 at 06:21 AM
It is my opinion that if the BRSA spends one copper penny on fixing the Sandy damaged wind turbine infrastructure out of this or other monies they are getting before (a) all sewage-related repairs are complete and (b) if and when they prevail in the legal fight vs. Union Beach, then we should institute a class action suit against them for fiscal malfisnecce. The BRSA does a great job of treating our sewage, but they should stick to only that. They are not a power compan or a super-authority...though I imagine Fischer thinks they are.

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