Raw sewage leaking in at least three Capital Region counties

December 19, 2016 06:49 PM

Sewage keeps flowing into the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers across the Capital Region.

According to our daily Department of Environmental Conservation alert, 10 gallons of raw sewage is still flowing into the Mohawk River in Amsterdam because of leaks in the city's sewer system. Problem is they still can't pinpoint all of the leaks. It's an issue NewsChannel 13 has been following since July. According to the latest alert, more than a million gallons of sewage has leaked into the river since mid-October.

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Heavy rain and melting snow are being blamed for sending 434,000 gallons of partially treated sewage into the Hudson River in Columbia County on Sunday. Too much runoff overwhelmed the system and sent the sewage into the river along dock street in Hudson. According to the DEC alert, all 434,000 gallons spilled into the river in just under four hours.

It took a little longer for more than 31,000 gallons of raw sewage to spill into Catskill Creek in Greene County on Sunday. Rain and snow melt were to blame there as well spilling sewage into the creek for 21 hours. It's a common problem with heavy or long term rainfalls. The pipes are not big enough to handle sewage and storm runoff so the law allows a certain amount to spill into the river.


WNYT Staff

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