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HUDSON RIVER USE ADVISORY: AVOID HUDSON RIVER THROUGH THIS WEEKEND
Release Date: July 21, 2011



NEWS RELEASE

Cheryl Archbald, MD, MPH,   Acting Commissioner, Department of Health
Ned McCormack, Communications Director
Contact:  Caren Halbfinger (914) 813-5013 / after hours:
813-5000

 

For Immediate Release: July 21, 2011

 

HUDSON RIVER USE ADVISORY: AVOID HUDSON RIVER THROUGH THIS WEEKEND

 

The Westchester County Department of Health is notifying residents to avoid direct contact with the Hudson River along Westchester County now throughout the weekend.

 A fire at a major wastewater treatment plant at W. 135th Street and 12th Avenue in New York City took the plant out of service and untreated wastewater has been discharging into the Hudson since about 5:15 p.m. yesterday, according to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

The New York City Department of Health is warning swimmers and kayakers to stay out of the Hudson River now through the weekend.

Westchester County Department of Health was notified of the incident today and is advising people who use the Hudson River waters along Westchester County for recreational purposes, namely swimmers, windsurfers and kayakers, to avoid direct contact with the Hudson River now throughout the weekend. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will be providing updates on the situation as needed at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/home/home.shtml.

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