Wednesday, May 22, 2013

While We Were Sleeping

Gossips slept right through it, but apparently, around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Hudson experienced torrential rain, jolting thunder, and wind strong enough to make some consider taking shelter in the southwest corner of the basement. It was then that Hudson's new waste water treatment plant, which can handle 17 million gallons a day, was overwhelmed. For 23 minutes--from 2:06 to 2:29 a.m.--there was what is known as a CSO--combined sewer overflow--and untreated waste water spilled out into North Bay. 

DPW superintendent Rob Perry reported this, as required, to DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and the Columbia County Department of Health and, as not necessarily required, to the public, at the Common Council Public Works Committee meeting on Wednesday night. The good news is that, since not many people are taking showers or doing the laundry or flushing toilets at 2 o'clock in the morning, what overflowed into North Bay was storm water.


  1. Don't assume that the combined sewer system with its occasional SPDES overflows into the river are the worst thing in the world.

    It's a choice between evils, and nobody is in any position to know yet which is the lesser.

    The fact that the city is so gung-ho on selling us the next phase of a giant construction project should raise plenty of suspicions among residents.

    Of course there is a rational way to decide which is the lesser of the evils, but that is the last thing anyone in this imbecilic municipality will attempt.

    So don't mess with anyone's construction contracts unless you wanna hear an offer you can't refuse.


    The above link is good to check as far as what do do in a tornado. Apparently the idea that it's safer to hide in a particular corner (southwest)is a myth.