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Sewage Pollution Right to Know…

Paul Gallay, Tracy Brown, John Lipscomb and Mark Lucas (not shown) received Pen Certificates from the Governor's office for the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law

The Riverkeeper team that worked on the Sewage Pollution Right to Know law in 2012 received commemorative pen certificates from the Governor’s office in recognition of their leadership role in drafting and passing the legislation. The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law (Assembly Bill #10585-A) passed on the last day of the legislative session and was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on August 9, 2012.

Currently the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is drafting rules that will specify how the law must be implemented when it goes into effect May 1, 2013. Riverkeeper is participating in this process on behalf of the public to ensure that the rules reflect the intent of the law, specifically:

  • To notify the public when and where raw or partially treated sewage is discharged into our waterways
  • To document the failures in our wastewater infrastructure that cause these discharges
  • To build public support for investment in our wastewater infrastructure
  • To reduce sewage pollution in our waterways


Learn more about the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Law.

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