Michael J. Garland, P.E.
Department of Environmental Services
7100 City Place
50 W. Main St.
Phone: 585 753-7600
Protecting the county’s land and water from pollution represents the most basic aspect of environmental protection. To control the sheer magnitude of industrial and residential solid waste and wastewater generated by our society demands a coordinated, comprehensive and forward-looking approach. The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) combines advanced wastewater and solid waste management into one sophisticated and proactive organization.
The staff members of these divisions work together, both in the office and out in the field, to minimize the adverse impacts that our county’s population has on its surrounding land and waterways.
In 1993, a massive underground wastewater tunnel system became fully operational, completing over 20 years of design and construction. This Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Program (CSOAP) has drastically improved the quality of Rochester area waters by virtually eliminating the 60-70 annual sewer overflows that had occurred prior to its existence. The county took advantage of federal and state programs, which paid for nearly 88 percent of the tunnel system’s $550 million design and construction costs. This tunnel system, along with Pure Water’s expanding sewer collection system, has allowed for the connection of county towns and villages and the elimination of 31 of 40 small, inefficient treatment plants discharging to local waters. The Pure Waters system has become a model to other communities nationwide.
Tours of Monroe County wastewater treatment and other facilities can be scheduled for community, scouting and school groups subject to the operational, seasonal, and maintenance schedules of each facility.
To inquire about DES facility tours, call 585 753-7526. A inquire about touring the Mill Seat Landfill, call 585 494-3000. When calling, please be prepared with the following information:
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