It’s been a tough summer for Hudson River enthusiasts, with July and August sewage spills and a Riverkeeper/Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory report last week that says the river was untouchable 25 percent of the time between 2006 and 2010. But if you think it’s tough living near the river, just be glad you don’t live in it.
by Harriet Cornell, Chairwoman, Rockland County Legislature
Riverkeeper’s five year collaborative study on water quality in the Hudson River concluded that eight of nine sites tested in Rockland did not meet state and federal standards for water quality for swimming.
On Friday, August 12, Westchester County issued a warning for boaters, swimmers and fisherman to stay away from the Hudson because of sewage spewing into the river in Ossining, NY.
The health of the Hudson has come a long way since 1976 when the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) banned commercial fishing of striped bass and other fish in the lower Hudson River. On a summer weekend you can see people fishing at Nyack Beach State Park and other locations and even a few brave souls swimming in the river. But it begs the question — safer, yes. But safe enough?
On Thursday, Westchester County issued a AVOID CONTACT WITH THE HUDSON health advisory as an Ossining, NY sewer pipe discharge has closed public access to two beaches.