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Past Bay improvement Activities

Since 1988, the city has taken many steps, participated in several studies and spent significant sums to improve Bay Water Quality. The list below briefly summarizes each activity.

  • 1988 - The City implemented the dye tablet program to eliminate illegal discharge from boats moored in Avalon Harbor.
  • 1998 - The City installed a Low Flow Diverter System to capture storm/street runoff into the Wastewater System.
  • 2000 – A microbial study was conducted indicating no evidence of human fecal matter therefore efforts were made to reduce bird waste which can be a source of high bacteria levels. Bird exclusion wires were installed throughout the City, focusing on areas closest to the water.
  • 2001 – The City implemented Phase II of the Low Flow Diverter Program to install auxiliary connections to the Low Flow System at four locations along the waterfront. Cost $290,000.
  • 2000-2001 - Main sewer sliplining on the main trunk line along Crescent Ave.
  • 2001 – 2009 – Sources and Mitigation Study by Grant & Furman – CBI Grant ($500k)
  • 2002 – Complete re-plumb of all sanitary sewers underneath the Pleasure Pier.
  • 2002-2003 - Sliplining of main lines in the “flats”.
  • 2004 - City retained a consulting firm to conduct ‘smoke testing’ of 12,000 linear feet of sewer pipe in the ‘Flats’
  • 2005-2006 - Lateral sliplining or pipe bursting was performed on laterals in the lower section of the “flats” closest to the shoreline. Top hats were also installed at the improved laterals. Cost $223,000
  • 2008-2009 – All remaining laterals in the “flats” were sliplined or replaced and most replacements included top hats. Three science studies conducted by Dr. Stanley Grant. $1.9 Million Grant, $1.26 Million paid by City.
  • 2009 - Manhole repairs and main slip line of the area by the Sombrero Fountain.
  • 2009 - Sanitary Sewer Repairs to the Terminal Building (Antonios, Busy Bee, Armstrongs). The work was done by the property owner.
  • 2009 - Manholes in the flats have been repaired and epoxy sealed.