Jan. 25, 2016 12:59

Newburgh Sewer System Upgrade

The city of Newburgh, New York, is finalizing an overdue plan for updating its sewage system. Currently, it dumps about 185 million gallons of raw sewage mixed with stormwater discharges into the Hudson river every year.

The improvement plan is expected to cost tens of millions of dollars. City engineers are still finalizing the control plan and a consent order with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Meanwhile, a local interest group is lobbying the governor’s office to put $800 million toward helping municipalities upgrade their stormwater and sewage systems.

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