Hurricane Sandy released 10 billion gallons of sewage into NY and NJ waterways

May 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Top Story
Damage at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway, N.Y., from Hurricane Sandy resulted in over 2 billion gallons of sewage overflow. Some of this overflow (an estimated 68 million gallons) was released adjacent to the Western Long Island South Shore Estuary. (Photo: Doug Kuntz.)

Damage at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway, N.Y., from Hurricane Sandy resulted in over 2 billion gallons of sewage overflow. Some of this overflow (an estimated 68 million gallons) was released adjacent to the Western Long Island South Shore Estuary. (Photo: Doug Kuntz.)

Hurricane Sandy’s huge coastal floods flushed 10 billion gallons of sewage into New York and New Jersey’s waterways — and turned most of the shoreline into a filth-filled toilet for days, according to a report.

New York and New Jersey released 10 billion gallons of sewage — virtually all of the 11 billion gallons that leaked into rivers, lakes, streams and oceans between Washington, D.C. and Connecticut, according to Climate Central, which analyzes climate change.

… Climate Central is unable to estimate the total costs of repairing sewage systems impacted by Sandy, but according to state authorities:

  • The cost of repairing Sandy’s damage to sewage treatment plants in New York is nearly $2 billion. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection plans to allocate nearly $1 billion for recovery and repair of facilities, and another $1.7 billion for building resilience into the system.

For more on this story, visit: Ooh, that smell! Hurricane Sandy released 10 billion gallons of sewage into New York and New Jersey waterways – NY Daily News.

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