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Press Release # 032-12
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Contact: Jean Weinberg (DOHMH) (347) 396-4177
Chris Gilbride/Ted Timbers (DEP) (718) 595-6600

Recreational Water Advisory for Hudson River, East River, New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay and Kill Van Kull

October 31, 2012 – Due to flooding and power related shutdowns caused by Hurricane Sandy, wastewater treatment plants and pumping stations have discharged untreated wastewater into New York City waterways. The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene advises that direct contact with the Hudson River, East River, New York Harbor, Jamaica Bay and the Kill Van Kull for recreational activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing or any other water activity that would entail possible direct contact with the water should be avoided until further notice.

The Department of Environmental Protection is responding to the impacts caused by Hurricane Sandy on its wastewater treatment facilities and will monitor water quality conditions through testing to verify when these water bodies are safe for recreational uses.