Friday, March 20, 2009

URGENT--keep dogs out of the river on Sunday!

And maybe a few days afterwards, but Sunday in particular. Caroline (Smarties' person) just emailed me AP's coverage of this story, and you can read about it in more detail in this article from The Journal News.

WHITE PLAINS - About 2 million gallons of raw sewage could be discharged into the Hudson River while a pipeline in suburban New York is repaired.

Westchester County health officials say people should avoid contact with the water on Sunday. Work on the major trunk sewer line in Yonkers is scheduled from midnight to 4 a.m.

Health officials say a gasket on the line north of the Yonkers Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant needs to be replaced to stanch a minor leak.

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Environmental Director Manna Jo Greene says the sewage will have an impact on aquatic life.

And others are saying it's no big deal, but they aren't promising to pay any vet bills if they're wrong. It's not really the height of dog beach season yet, but a lot of dogs will jump in the river for any reason (or no reason, what the heck?). Let's just be glad this didn't happen in July.

Fortunately, the Hudson keeps flushing itself out, as we keep on flushing crap into it. But immediate health concerns aside, this is the kind of thing that makes you aware of how inadequate the existing protections are for our magnificent river, that has somehow managed to stay alive through all the years of unrestricted dumping--let's keep it alive and healthy. Our dogs too.

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