$20M for plant that spewed black water near Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The aging sewage treatment plant responsible for a stinky black discharge at Niagara Falls over the summer is in line for an overhaul.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday proposed spending $20 million to begin improvements at the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Facility. He will include the plan in his 2018 State of the State address.

“The impacts of our aging water infrastructure became intolerable this year after multiple discharges discolored the pristine waters at Niagara Falls,” Cuomo said in a statement.

His proposal also includes $500,000 for two engineering studies meant to guide the upgrades.

“It feels like Christmas today,” said Niagara Falls Water Board Chairman Daniel O’Callaghan, whose agency oversees the plant.

The state fined the Niagara Falls Water Board $50,000 after discolored water spewed into the Niagara River and enveloped the Maid of the Mist tour boat dock in view of tourists July 29.