On Friday, October 14, 2011, Riverkeeper, along with two dozen partners and supporters, testified in support of a state law that would require public notification of sewage contamination in our waterways. Currently when sewage is discharged into the waters in which we swim, boat and fish there is no requirement that the public be notified.
This leaves millions of citizens at risk of contracting waterborne illnesses from exposure to pathogens in sewage-laden water. Nationwide, waterborne illnesses are on the rise.
Tracy Brown testifies on behalf of Riverkeeper. Video on YouTube
In five years of testing, Riverkeeper’s patrol boat found that Hudson River water is unsafe for swimming more than 20% of the time we tested. Too often, our monthly water quality emails were the only public notification of these unsafe conditions.
“Sometimes people don’t see the sewage coming up and children are playing in it.”
Read more about Friday’s Hearing and see video of the testimonies.
Thank you for caring about our waterways!
John Lipscomb, Tracy Brown & Robert Friedman
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