RiverKeeper Webinar today (Thrus July 18) at 4pm re: Rondout spill & Hudson pollution
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From: Dan Shapley <DShapley@...>
To: Diane Dintruff <ddintruff@...>
Cc: mazimmer <mazimmer@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2013 9:51 AM
Subject: RE: Water Quality Report May-June 2013
RiverkeeperIndeed, it is alarming. We’ve been following it closely, and working with a local watchdog to make sure the city stops the flow and addresses the underlying problems. They did a poor job of informing the public about this spill.Here’s our blog post on the subject. We’ve been following it in the press too – Not only the Freeman, but the Record, WAMC, and more.We have a webinar today at 4 p.m. that will guide participants in how to use our redesigned water quality website, update about the implementation of the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law, and provide an opportunity for some Q&A with Tracy Brown, our resident expert. If you’re interested, it’s 4 p.m. – RSVP to Dana Gulley at dgulley@... to get the call-in information. (Again, share the opportunity with your group if you’d like—all are welcome to join, and we want to reach people who use the water.)Best,DanThanks Dan,
I expect to participate in NYC City of Water Day Saturday. I've copied Marion Zimmer, cofounder of KPP, in case she wishes to drop by. We've started to paddle places like North South & Stissig Lakes to avoid the pollution on the Hudson River and its Tributaries.
The sewage spill on the Rondout is very alarming see todays Daily Freeman and earlier in the week (http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2013/07/16/news/doc51e5c59020e01209392775.txt)
Hi Diane,John shared your email with me. I wanted you to know that he and I will be in Kingston for the Hudson River Days festival on Saturday at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. I’ll be there 11-6, roughly, and he’ll be there at least from 3-6, docked at the maritime museum. If you want to come meet John, discuss water quality and other issues, we’d love the opportunity to connect in person. We’re trying to do more to connect with folks like you who are out on the water, and taking groups out on the water, so we can work together to clean the water. Please share the opportunity to meet with your group, if you like – all are welcome.Hope to see you Saturday,DanThank you. We try to swim in areas as unpolluted as possible when we do our paddles and practice rescues and Eskimo rolls.
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It’s at the “Mill at Saugerties” at East Bridge Street, below the dam, right where there is little public park and dock at the converted old mill. People swim out at the lighthouse and ABOVE the falls/dam at the Saugerties Village Beach. We do sample there with community partner Patrick Landewe, copied above. He can share data for the Saugerties Village beach with you.JohnDiane,The map on this page shows exactly where that sampling site is, and the historic data from that location - http://www.riverkeeper.org/water-quality/locations/ulster-dutchess/esopus-creek-west/Subject: Re: Water Quality Report May-June 2013Date: June 29, 2013 11:54:51 AM EDTDoes "Esopus Creek West" refer to the area at the swimming beach & launch area? thanks, Diane Dintruff
Water Quality Report May-June 2013 (1st patrol of 2013)NOTE: EPA guidelines for “acceptable” vs. “unacceptable” fecal contamination levels have changed – they have been downgraded and are now LESS protective of public health.
For marine waters (salt and brackish) the old criteria scored any Enterococcus count over 104 per 100ml as “unacceptable” for primary contact, like swimming. The new criteria threshold uses 110 Entero per 100 ml, which is only a slight change - not really significant.
In fresh water (all our stations north of Peekskill) the old benchmark was 61 Entero per 100 ml. The new EPA criteria now uses 110 Entero per 100 ml in fresh water as well as marine. This change from 61 to 110 is significant and allows managers of fresh water swimming beaches to remain open with higher levels of fecal contamination – and increased risk of water related illnesses - than before.
This patrol started south and worked north and followed days of dry weather. I saw swimmers everywhere. There was some rain mid patrol which, as always, triggered Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in the Capitol District. Look at the data below. You’ll see that the plume of sewage contamination from the Capitol District had worked its way down to the area of Coxsackie and Gay’s Point State Park (20 – 25 miles) by the time I arrived and sampled (2 days after the rain). We’ve seen this same scenario before when we’ve sampled northbound a couple days after rain – the Capital District craps up the northern end of the Estuary.The Hudson Estuary is a 160 mile long beach every summer…don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The entire Estuary needs to be sampled, modeled for predictability and made safe for swimming everywhere. Keep in mind that none of the following shows a “designated” swimming beach.Kids in the Hudson at Dyckman Street, Manhattan. 100 feet south of them is a huge CSO - luckily NOT flowing at the time. NYC does not want to post CSO discharge events in public media like local radio and TV as required by the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law. God forbid the parents of these children have the information they need to protect them. Shame on New York City – putting its public image over public health.East RiverVerplanck PointLittle Stony PointPoughkeepsie school rowing docksPart, ONLY PART, of the reason the Capitol District water quality was so bad is this dry weather discharge from a CSO in South Troy which we found during an investigation of an unrelated discharge with DEC Environmental Conservation Officers on 6/5/13 .This CSO had been flowing at high volume for a long time. The City of Troy and the Rensselaer County Sewer District were notified, the flow stopped for a while and then started again. This is a big problem. DEC is investigating enforcement options. GOOD.And yes, that IS a thick coating of toilet paper.
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