Riverkeeper, New York's clean water advocate, was out last Friday, November 2nd, to sample the waters after Hurricane Sandy. They just published the results of these tests. They show that the Gowanus Canal had the highest sewage level by far. Though we all know that Combines Sewer Overflow is dumped into the canal during heavy rains, it is important to note that Hurricane Sandy, though destructive, was not significant rain event. In comparison to the Gowanus findings after the storm, even Newtown Creek's numbers came in fairly low.
Riverkeeper will be out again on Friday, November 9th to take additional samples.
|A Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) discharge pipe next to our sampling site|
in the Gowanus Canal
Sewage contamination levels at 6 of our standard sampling sites on 11/2/12