Goshen Sewers Spew Waste Again

Last week Hudson Valley Green posted a video of a Beacon manhole cover bubbling over with raw sewage only yards from where the Fishkill Creek enters the Hudson River. One year ago, Riverkeeper filed an intent to sue under violations of the Clean Water Act against the City of Beacon and the Town of Goshen.

Apparently, the raw sewage problem in Goshen has also not yet been addressed, although as a Combined System Overflow community, they are allowed to discharge raw sewage during heavy precipitation events. But not from manhole covers. With the Hudson Valley expected to see more severe precipitation events due to climate change, these design flaws need to be corrected. A brief overview of CSO systems at Kingston Citizens says they were  all the rage just after the Civil War. Kingston held a public hearing on its long term control plan for its CSO last December. As Joshua Verleun, Riverkeeper Staff Attorney & Chief Investigator, said last year, “Spring rain and aging infrastructure are not an excuse to break the law.”

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