CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - The city of Corning discussed their fiances and upgrades to their waste water treatment plant and the cities water system during Monday's meeting.

"Most of the funding is for planning work to remove phosphor and nitrate from the effluent that we discharge into the river. This is part of our ongoing environmental sustainability efforts that the city has undertaken over the years," says Mark Ryckman, the Corning City Manager.

Ryckman says this plan is intended to provide clean water for the city and is also part of the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Initiative.

"We've been planning for this for the last probably four to five years, and we're beginning the engineering phase of the project. In two years we'll probably commence construction," says Ryckman. 

Ryckman says they're now moving into design work. 

"We will have an environmental engineering firm that will design upgrades to the plan. Then ultimately those will be constructed," says Ryckman. 

Ryckman says it will probably take at least a year or two for construction. The project is estimated to have a $1.1 million price tag. 

"We discharge effluent into the river, that effluent has phosphor and nitrates at levels that the EPA wants to see reduced. Those phosphor and nitrates end up in the Chesapeake Bay," says Ryckman.

Ryckman says the Federal Government for the last 10 years or more has had a Chesapeake Cleanup Initiative and says the city of Corning is part of the watershed. He says the city of Corning is one of the affected parties that has to reduce their phosphor and nitrate discharges.