For years, New York City has wrestled with the impact of combined sewer overflows on local rivers, creeks, canals and bays. But while raw sewage is certainly a problem, simple rainwater might pose an environmental challenge that’s harder to address.
Fifty years ago, New York voters approved the Pure Waters Bond Act, a predecessor of the Clean Water Act, which set the national goal of making all our waters safe for swimming. The question now is whether we let the last generation’s investment go to waste.
You might not know what “turbidity” is but it’s a long-standing issue in the city’s Catskills watershed—one that climate change is likely to exacerbate.
How clean should the Bronx River be? What should be done to get it there?