Village Voice, November 19th, 2012
Just in case you needed another reason to not take a dip in New York Harbor, it’s currently getting filled with billions of gallons of partially treated human waste.
During last month’s hurricane, a 12-foot surge of ocean water crashed into a Newark treatment plant, causing a leak that is yet to be repaired. Since then, the plant has pumped more than three billion gallons of human waste into New York City waterways.
The plant is just east of the Statue of Liberty, and pathogens in the waste can be pretty harmful to humans.
Given the potential health risks, the Department of Environmental Protection has put a ban on fishing, crabbing, and shellfishing in the tainted waters.
Additionally, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection has issued a warning urging people to avoid contact with the shit-filled water.
The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, which runs the plant, says there’s currently no end in sight for the flow of human waste into New York’s waterways — the Commission says it’s trying to fix the mess, but it’s unclear when that will happen. The PVSC’s executive director tells a local TV station they hope to fix the leak “ASAP.”