After Sandy, DEP Focuses on Area Waterways

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The Department of Environmental Protection says it’s been sampling waterways around the city, following Sandy.

DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland said some 500 million gallons of sewage were discharged into local waterways during the storm. Two plants failed, and eight operated at limited capacity.

Michael Schwirtz, of The New York Times, wrote about the failure of some plants during the storm. He noted that experts say much of the sewage will break down as it’s discharged. But he said officials should still keep a close eye on how long that takes. 

“This is something that needs to be monitored closely, especially as you approach the warmer months and people start venturing out into the water more frequently,” he said.

Strickland said most bacteria and pathogens in the water die within five days. Strickland and Schwirtz spoke on the Brian Lehrer Show on Tuesday. To listen to the full segment, click here.