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Latest Orange County Sewage Discharge Could Affect Public Boat Launch Area

Sewage was discharged into the Hudson River near a Montgomery Street boat launch in Newburgh.
Sewage was discharged into the Hudson River near a Montgomery Street boat launch in Newburgh. Photo Credit: Google Maps

The storms to strike the Hudson Valley have led to gallons of raw sewage being discharged into the Hudson River in Orange County.

The Newburgh Waste Water Treatment Plant issued its latest alert on Tuesday, when more than 150,000 gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater was spilled into the Hudson River near North Montgomery Street in the city, potentially impacting the nearby boat launch area.

The discharge was first reported at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, with an estimated 500 gallons per minute being spilled into the river. Officials cited the weather conditions, which caused an overflow through nearby drains. As of 11:45 a.m., the discharge was ongoing. Officials described the discharge as "combined sanitary and stormwater." 

Last month, hundreds of thousands of gallons of untreated waste were spilled into the Hudson River in the Hudson Valley over the course of several, following the thunderstorms that struck the region. Similar discharges were also reported overnight in Rockland County. Last week, there was a similar discharge at the same boat launch area amid storms in the area.

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