North River Wastewater Treatment Plant

Riverbank State Park as seen from Guttenberg, NJ

See also Riverbank State Park

  • Riverbank is the only park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Inspired by urban rooftop designs in Japan, this 28-acre multi-level landscaped recreational facility is a state-of-the-art park facility. Rising 69 feet above the Hudson River, Riverbank offers a wide variety of recreational, athletic and arts experiences for all ages, interests and abilities.
  • The North River Wastewater Treatment Plant, which processes 125 million gallons of wastewater every day during dry weather, and it is designed to handle up to 340 million gallons a day when the weather is wet. The plant claims that its state of the art facility emits no odors, though frequent visitors to the park would disagree. The plant sits on 2,300 caissons pinned into bedrock up to 230 feet (70 m) beneath the river. The plant was completed in two phases between 1986 and 1991.
  • North River’s history – From the first proposal in 1914, seven locations were investigated as possible sites for the construction of a plant to handle the sewage flow from western Manhattan. However, it was not until 1962, after considering several locations, that the City Planning Commission held a public hearing and finally approved the present site for the treatment plant. Design studies were started in the early 1960s and detailed plans were finished in 1971. Construction of the foundation platform was completed in 1978.Construction of the treatment plant went forward in two phases. Work on the advanced preliminary treatment facilities began in 1983; the secondary treatment facilities were started in 1985. In March 1986, advanced preliminary treatment went into operation, eliminating the daily discharge of raw sewage into the Hudson River for the first time in the City’s history. Secondary treatment began in April 1991.

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