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City Discovers Sewage Spewing Into Hudson River

Workers repairing sewer lines on North Montgomery Street in the City of Newburgh Thursday. The sewer lines have been dumping an estimated hundreds of gallons of sewage per day into the Hudson River. (photo by Tom Pappalardo)

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Workers repairing sewer lines on North Montgomery Street in the City of Newburgh Thursday. The sewer lines have been dumping an estimated hundreds of gallons of sewage per day into the Hudson River. (photo by Tom Pappalardo)

By Mark Gerlach

CITY OF NEWBURGH – Work was underway this week to ameliorate sewage that has been spewing into the Hudson River for at least four decades at an estimated rate of hundreds of gallons per day.

The city identified two sewer lines, which aren’t on any of its maps or records, that have been discharging raw sewage into the Hudson River near residences on Park Place likely since they were constructed, City Manager Michael Ciaravino said.

Prior to the construction of the waste management plant, it was standard practice to send waste into the Hudson River, City Engineer Jason Morris said. The sewage emanated from about eight homes.

The Department of Environmental Conservation was notified, and an emergency remediation is underway, Ciaravino said. High bacteria levels in the Hudson River were recorded and the data was shared with the D.E.C., he said. The city used a remote camera, acquired with a D.E.C. grant, to navigate the pipes and spot the problem.

For the complete story see the Nov. 20 edition of The Sentinel. 

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