On March 8, 2012, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and DEP signed a groundbreaking agreement to reduce combined sewer overflows using a hybrid green and gray infrastructure approach. As part of this agreement, DEP will develop 10 waterbody-specific Long Term Control Plans plus 1 citywide LTCP to reduce CSOs and improve water quality in NYC’s waterbodies and waterways. The goal of each Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) is to identify appropriate combined sewer overflow (CSO) controls necessary to achieve waterbody-specific water quality standards, consistent with the Federal CSO Policy and the water quality goals of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
To learn more about the City’s LTCPs and efforts to improve water quality, download Improving New York City’s Waterways – Reducing the Impacts of CSOs.
CSO Consent Order Documents and Quarterly Reports
LTCP Public Participation Plan
The LTCP Public Participation Plan describes the methods DEP will utilize to raise awareness about, foster understanding of and encourage input on the development of waterbody-specific and citywide LTCPs.
NYC Green Infrastructure Program
The 2012 CSO Consent Order outlines, among other things, a roadmap for the implementation of green infrastructure throughout the combined sewer areas of the City. The goal is to manage stormwater runoff and reduce combined sewer overflows, thereby improving water quality and promoting sustainability.
LTCP Citywide Meetings
The City holds a series of waterbody specific public meetings throughout the development of each Long Term Control Plan. For more information, visit the LTCP Homepage. The City also holds regular Citywide meetings to discuss the entire CSO Program, provide status updates on LTCP progress and the NYC Green Infrastructure Program.
To watch the 2018 Annual Citywide Long Term Control Plan Meeting, visit our YouTube Channel.
To watch the 2017 Annual Citywide Long Term Control Plan Meeting, visit our YouTube Channel.
The Third Annual Citywide LTCP was held on Thursday December 11, 2014 at Hostos College in the Bronx. At the meeting, DEP reviewed the NYC Wastewater infrastructure, the LTCP process, the 2014 draft LTCP submittals (Westchester Creek, Hutchinson River and Flushing Creek) and provided an update on the Green Infrastructure program. DEP staff were available throughout the meeting to answer questions and present information on DEP’s CSO program and the LTCP process.
Attendees of the LTCP Citywide Modeling Meeting learned more about the modeling processes that will be used to test potential alternatives identified as part of the LTCP Program. At the meeting, DEP and DEC staff reviewed the Watershed/Landside and Hydrodynamic/Water Quality models and the proposed baseline assumptions for evaluating the benefits of CSO control alternatives. DEP and DEC staff were available throughout the meeting to answer questions and present information on DEP’s CSO program and the LTCP process.
Attendees of the LTCP Citywide Kickoff Meeting learned more about DEP’s current and upcoming efforts to reduce CSOs and how to provide input on possible solutions. DEP and DEC staff were available throughout the session to answer questions and present information on DEP’s CSO program and the LTCP process.
LTCP Citywide Related Reports
If you wish to submit comments on the LTCP or would like to receive LTCP Program announcements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.