Thursday, May 2, 2013

Super Storm Sandy and Sewage

Superstorm Sandy Dumped 11 Billion Gallons of Sewage
April 30, 2013 (ENS) – Six months after Superstorm Sandy struck the U.S. Atlantic coast, data from the eight hardest hit states shows that 11 billion gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage flowed into waterways and city streets, reports Climate Central, an independent organization of scientists and journalists based in Princeton.

As record storm-surge flooding overwhelmed the region’s sewage treatment facilities, most of those 11 billion gallons of sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey during and after the storm.

“To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” Dr. Alison Kenward, senior scientist and research manager at Climate Central, told reporters on a conference call today. read more>>>

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