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 Mayor de Blasio it’s time to Cut the Crap
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has developed sewage control plans for 10 waterbodies in New York, including Bronx River, Newtown Creek, and Gowanus Canal. None of these plans complies with the Clean Water Act. Now, the City is developing an overarching plan for the city’s open waters, including the Hudson and East Rivers. But it refuses to show the public those plans before it submits them to the state.