29 Aug '11, 10pm

Testing Water Along the Path of Irene

Testing Water Along the Path of Irene

John Lipscomb Broken docks and debris on Esopus Creek in Saugerties, N.Y. Beyond flooding and destruction, Hurricane Irene is likely to have caused less visible environmental damage by dumping sewage, pesticides and other contaminants into waterways along the East Coast, federal officials said. High flows of water can also disturb sediment and make it settle out in new deposits that can clog oyster beds or require new dredging in shipping channels. Officials are just beginning to assess the condition of seven rivers, including the Hudson River in New York. The United States Geological Survey said it sent out crews beginning on Sunday to follow the path of the hurricane between Washington D.C. and Massachusetts and test for pesticides, bacteria and nutrients flushed into rivers by heavy rains. “What typically happens is that you get a significant amount of rainfall that lea...

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