Eleven billion gallons of raw sewage and polluted stormwater pour into the city’s largest waterways each year, due to sewer systems being overrun by rainfall. The City Department of Environmental Protection’s new plan to “control” this pollution in the coming decades is to reduce that volume by only two to four percent. This is woefully insufficient, especially when climate change will make the problem worse. DEP’s action to reduce this pollution must amount to more than a “drop in the bucket.” The “Citywide/Open Waters Long Term Control Plan” would continue to allow 10.5 million gallons of sewage to discharge each year to waters surrounding every borough of New York City, including the Hudson River, Harlem River, East River, Western Long Island Sound, Upper and Lower New York Bay, Kill Van Kull, and Arthur Kill. These discharges especially impact the shoreline embayments and inlets that New Yorkers use for recreation and other activities. Tell Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio it's time to cut the crap and keep our waterways clean for all New Yorkers to enjoy.
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