Almost every time it rains, polluted stormwater runoff mixes with raw sewage in New York City’s combined sewer system and overflows into our waterways where people swim, fish and boat, making it unsafe for contact. We call these “combined sewer overflows.” New York City dumps more than 20 billion gallons of sewage into local waterways each year. That volume could fill the Empire State Building 72 times!
Tell EPA it’s time to Cut the Crap in Newtown Creek
Newtown Creek is fouled by 1.2 billion gallons of raw sewage and polluted stormwater every year. EPA now intends to defer to city and state plans to reduce that volume by 61% over the next two decades. EPA has proposed a Superfund plan to take any further CSO reduction off the table before even designing the final remedy for the creek. Tell EPA that additional sewage capture must be a part of the final remedy to protect Newtown Creek. 61% is a passing grade.