Given the opportunity to respond to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regarding changes to the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) Permit for Penn Yan’s Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), the Town of Torrey Board sent a letter to the DEC Jan. 10, expressing their concerns about the impact discharge from the plant has on water quality in Seneca Lake.
Signed by Torrey Supervisor Patrick Flynn and addressed to Teresa Diehsner of the DEC in Albany, the Torrey Board expresses general and specific problems with the permit and the effect on Torrey’s shoreline. “The WWTP releases its effluent into the Keuka Outlet affecting the shoreline residents source of potable water,” states the letter.
Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar was not aware of the letter, but he says posing questions for DEC officials to answer can lead to better information for all interested parties.
Currently, Seneca Lake in this area is rated Class B, because of this contamination, while the rest of the lake enjoys a Class AA rating and provides a drinking water source to 100,000 people.