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Hudson River water quality fails in environmental group’s report

OSSINING – Riverkeeper’s just released latest water quality report shows Hudson River water quality falls short of its goals.

Riverkeeper Paul Gallay said the results were somewhat disheartening.

“Twenty-three percent of our samples failed safe swimming guidelines for bacteria and there were failures at over 60 percent of our 74 sampling locations along the Hudson River,” Gallay said.  “We also found that rainfall triggers a three-fold increase in failure rates against dry weather and that certain tributaries of the Hudson are extremely contaminated and often act as sources of pollution to the main stem of the Hudson.”  

The public deserved clean water for swimming on the Hudson, Gallay said. The state needs to adopt new, more protective standards for recreational water quality and follow the EPA 2012 recreational water criteria.

The state must also fully implement the 2012 sewage pollution right to know act so the public is informed when water quality is problematically.