29 Jul '11, 3pm

On Hudson Pollution, Back to Routine Worries

On Hudson Pollution, Back to Routine Worries

Marcus Yam for The New York Times Eric Stiller, who rents kayaks in Manhattan, went out for a paddle. Business has been down. Water tests along the Hudson River show that bacteria levels are falling near the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Harlem, which stopped treating sewage for a few days last week because of a fire. But now that the raw sewage discharges from the accident have stopped, says the environmental group Riverkeeper , we’re back to worrying about the routine ones caused by rain. Riverkeeper said that results from its sampling on Monday to test for the bacterium enterococcus, found in the intestines of humans and animals, showed counts only moderately above the acceptable federal standards for swimming. City officials announced Thursday night that all health advisories in place over the last several days had been lifted . But counts at the mouth of t...

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