Special Joint Committee - Ithaca Area Waste Water Treatment Plant


Regular meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Ithaca Area Waste Water Treatment Plant, 525 Third Street, Ithaca, NY, Ph: 607-273-8381. 

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Overview & Duties

The Ithaca Area Waste Water Treatment Plant (IAWWTP) is a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility jointly owned by the City of Ithaca, Town of Ithaca and Town of Dryden, and serves the entire area of the City of Ithaca, the entire area of the Town of Ithaca (including the Village of Cayuga Heights), the entire area of the Village of Lansing, and areas in the Towns of Lansing and Dryden. Find the service area map here

In addition to wastewater treatment, the IAWWTP receives and processes trucked-in high-strength organic waste from the community and Cornell University, and captures naturally-occurring methane gas to generate electricity. Currently the IAWWTP produces 40-60% of the electricity needed to run the facility. 

The Special Joint Committee (SJC) oversees the operations, budget and regulatory environment of the IAWWTP.  The SJC includes representatives of the 3 municipal partners.  The City of Ithaca appoints four (4) members, at least two (2) of which are Common Council members.  The Town of Ithaca appoints three (3) members, and the Town of Dryden appoints one (1) member.  The SJC refers administrative and financial matters to the municipal owner’s respective governing boards for approval.



      Cynthia Brock, Chair, City of Ithaca Common Council 

      Rich DePaolo, Town of Ithaca Board

      Donna Fleming, City of Ithaca Common Council

      Bill Goodman, Town of Ithaca Supervisor

      Tee-Ann Hunter, Town of Ithaca Board

      Jason Leifer, Town of Dryden Supervisor

      MaryAnn Sumner, Town of Dryden alternate

      Dave Warden, City of Ithaca

      Scott Reynolds, City of Ithaca