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Update: Ossining Sewer Main Break

Ossining sewer main break 8-11-2011

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In response to the sewer main break and sewage release into Killbrook Creek and the Hudson at Ossining, the Riverkeeper patrol boat is underway Friday morning collecting samples from upper Haverstraw Bay to Irvington along the Westchester shoreline. Additional samples are being taken at mid-river stations and along the Rockland County shoreline. Test results will become available Saturday afternoon after 24-hour incubation.

Riverkeeper applauds the advisories issued by the Westchester County Department of Health yesterday, August 11, which were posted shortly after the Health Department became aware of the discharge.

There is still some question as to exactly when the pipe failed and sewage began flowing into the Hudson. Riverkeeper will continue to investigate.

Because we do not know exactly how many days sewage has been flowing into the Hudson, we are not able at this time to estimate the degree or range of contamination.

Download “How’s the Water?” report on sewage contamination of the Hudson River.

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