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Westchester Beaches May Be Impacted After Raw Sewage Was Discharged Into Croton River

A sewage discharge was reported near 49 Croton River Road in Ossining.
A sewage discharge was reported near 49 Croton River Road in Ossining. Photo Credit: Google Maps

There may have been an environmental impact to beaches in Cortlandt after more than 50,000 gallons of untreated sewage were dumped into the Croton River on Wednesday in Ossining.

Officials in Croton-on-Hudson sent an email to local residents on Thursday afternoon, alerting that an estimated 57,000 gallons of sewage into the river. The spill was first reported at approximately 12:45 p.m. at the Westchester County Department of Environmental Facilities Crotonville Pump station.

“Unfortunately, Westchester County did not notify the Village of the spill until today,” the email read. “There would have been no impact to Silver Lake Beach as it is located upstream from the spill.”

According to officials, the river water in the vicinity of Mayo’s Landing and the Echo Canoe Boat Launch were potentially impacted by the spill.

““There was a sewage discharge from Westchester County’s Crotonville Pump Station located in the Town of Ossining from12:45 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. yesterday,” the Westchester County Health Department said on Thursday. “The discharge was estimated at approximately 300 gallons per minute. The discharge was to the Croton River which discharges to the Hudson River. At this time, no impact on the Croton River is expected from yesterday’s discharge.”

Similar discharges have been reported in Dutchess and Orange counties, following the recent rash of storms to hit the Hudson Valley.

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