In the controversy over the proposed sewer separation project, which has been going on for four months now, no one opposed to the project has ever suggested that dumping untreated sanitary waste into the river was not a bad thing. Rather their position has been that the remedy being proposed will make the situation worse than it is right now. Still proponents of the project, chief among them DPW superintendent Rob Perry, in defending the proposal, keep going back to the horrors of dumping untreated waste from the sanitary sewer system into North Bay and ultimately into the Hudson River.
In the packet of documents distributed to the aldermen at the informal meeting on Monday--the meeting that had to be canceled because there wasn't a quorum--was a communication from Perry consisting of a hard copy of an article that appeared on Huffington Post two years ago ("Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Found in Hudson River") and a report on the sewage that spilled into North Bay from the waste water treatment plant, during combined sewer overflow events, between March 9 and June 22 of this year.
Meanwhile, Timothy O'Connor, the sewer separation project's most vocal opponent, published on imby.com a graphic comparison of the amount of contaminants currently being released into North Bay during CSO events and the contaminants that would be released into North Bay if the proposed project is implemented. With O'Connor's permission, Gossips reproduces that graphic here. Each red square represents a ton of contaminants.
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