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CX-004340: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Center of Excellence in Watershed Applications and Technology-Based Economic Revitalization (WATER)
CX(s) Applied: B1.6, B1.15, B5.1
Date: 10/05/2010
Location(s): Illinois
Office(s): Science, Chicago Office

The United States Department of Energy awards a construction grant to The Research Foundation of State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi for the partial funding of construction of a holding pond for irrigation water. The Energy-Efficient Subsurface Disposal and Irrigation component of the Center of Excellence will use a high-efficiency pumping system to transfer water from the Village of Delhi's Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) to infiltration and retention basins located on SUNY Delhi property, redirecting the discharge of post-process treated effluent presently introduced directly into the West Branch of the Delaware River, which forms part of the Catskill Watershed. The treated waste water will be applied to the SUNY Delhi Golf Course with optimal efficiency during times of irrigation need, since the infiltration basin network will be integrated with an advanced weather station and a sequential, synchronized application mechanism, resulting in a closed-loop system requiring little intervention or maintenance on the part of the operators. Energy efficient solar-powered pumps and optimized transmission pathways will be installed.