The Westchester County Department of Health is advising people who use the Hudson River waters south of Ossining for recreational purposes, namely swimmers, windsurfers and kayakers, to avoid direct contact with the Hudson River now throughout the weekend. There are no restrictions to boating. Those who fish should practice catch and release from all points south of Ossining.
The department has lifted the advisory for areas of the Hudson River from Ossining north, including Croton Point Park beach, as these areas are outside the area affected by the wastewater being released into the Hudson from the New York City North River Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Yesterday’s advisory had been issued yesterday as a result of being notified of a fire at the treatment plant, located at West 135th Street and 12th Avenue in New York City, which took the plant out of service. Untreated wastewater had been discharging into the Hudson since about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.
The Westchester County Department of Health took samples of river water along the shoreline and offshore today, at both low and high tides. The agency will continue to monitor the situation and update any advisories as necessary. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection will be providing updates on the situation as needed at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/home/home.shtml.