Clean water in NYC’s waterways these days? Sure! Except for the sewage.

It’s totally amazing to me that New York City still dumps an average of 270 million gallons of raw sewage into the Newtown Creek each year (as a result of runoff during large storms).  Call me naive, but it seems directly out of line with the fact that the Creek is now a Federal Superfund site.

Anyways, the sudden shutdown of a sewage treatment plant in the Bronx has highlighted the issue of how sewage in our waterways can be dangerous:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/25/science/earth/25hudson.html

I understand that sewage is dumped into waterways all over the country – in LA, it’s deposited out of pipes right on the beach in some cases – I;m just amazed that we continue to let it happen.

 

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