More than 27 billion gallons of raw sewage and polluted stormwater are dumped into New York City’s waterways each year. This polluted water discharges out of 460 combined sewage overflows (“CSOs”), a system than can be overloaded each time it rains as little as half an inch. Although water quality in New York Harbor and throughout the Hudson River Estuary has improved significantly over the last few decades, many parts of the waterfront and its beaches are still unsafe for recreation after it rains. The main culprit is outmoded sewer systems, which combines sewage from buildings with dirty stormwater from streets.
If you want to know when and where sewage is dumped, contact your State Representatives via this handy form and urge them to pass the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act.
With only one week left in the legislative session this important bill is waiting for a final agreement between the State Senate and Assembly to get passed. Our representatives need to hear from the public that we want sewage notification passed this session!
You and your family could be swimming, boating, paddling or fishing in sewage and not know it. Urge your State Representatives to pass the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act and get access to the information you need to make informed decisions about where and when you get in the water.
Learn more about Sewage Pollution and Riverkeeper’s Sewage Right to Know Campaign.