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Glen Cove, NY cited for excellence in nitrogen removal

The City of Glen Cove earned a prestigious award from the State Department of Environmental Conservation "for unprecedented nitrogen discharge reductions at the municipal wastewater treatment plant. Our design team, Cameron Engineering, and consultant, CDM, assisted us in accomplishing our goal within the existing infrastructure," said Mayor Mary Holzkamp.

According to NY State DEC Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan, Glen Cove provided leadership well beyond compliance requirements for the protection of the Long Island Sound. The nitrogen reductions will contribute to the improved water quality and habitat of Long Island Sound. City of Glen Cove DPW Director Nicholas DeSantis said, "The biological nitrogen reduction utilizes fine air diffusion and process flow modification which maximized our nitrogen removal. Our next goal is to eliminate the need for liquid chlorine to be added to the final effluent which leaves the plant."

Commissioner Sheehan announced the six winners of this, the second annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards for outstanding efforts in environmental innovation, sustainability, and creative partnerships. Commissioner Sheehan said, "The award recipients are to be congratulated for their leadership and for a job well done. Their efforts individually, and combined, will serve as examples to others across the state."

The awards program recognizes emerging technologies, superior management practices, and creative partnerships that achieve exceptional environmental, social, and economic benefits for New York State. The field was very competitive and applications were reviewed for technical merit by DEC staff and an advisory committee of stakeholders from academia, business, government, community organizations, and environmental and conservation groups. Commissioner Sheehan presented the awards during the Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony and dialogue held in Albany last week.