Recreational water advisory issued for Hudson, East rivers

July 16, 2013 8:54:25 AM PDT
The New York City Departments of Environmental Protection and Health and Mental Hygiene have issued a recreational water body advisory for the Hudson and East Rivers through 4 p.m. Tuesday after a relatively minor discharge of sewage from the Hudson River plant Monday night.

Recreational users, including boating and kayaking, should avoid contact with Hudson River water in the area from the George Washington Bridge and south to Lower Manhattan and East River water from Lower Manhattan north to the Manhattan Bridge.

Swimming within those areas is not advised at this time, however, there is no anticipated impact on public beaches.

The discharge, which is unrelated to the Rye/Mamaroneck sludge discharge, is considered less than a normal rain storm. But because it discharged during the dry weather, the advisory was issued out of an abundance of caution.

The Department of Environmental Protection took additional steps to disinfect the water being discharged from the plant using bleach. The Department will continue to sample water quality along the Hudson and East Rivers and work with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to sample water quality at beaches.