The Niagara Falls Water Board announced Friday that it plans a publicity and education campaign about the condition of the city's sewer system.
In December, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called for a $20 million state commitment to the first phase of an infrastructure upgrade, including $500,000 for two initial engineering studies.
"The July 29 dark water discharge and subsequent overflow incidents involving the Niagara River have clearly demonstrated a need to increase public awareness and engagement regarding wastewater management, technology and the many outdated treatment facilities that exist across the Great Lakes," Executive Director Rolfe Porter said.
The Wastewater Investment Initiative will include media tours of the wastewater treatment plant, public announcements and a forum with selected Great Lakes water quality and environmental experts.