First came the reports of a 200-million-gallon leak caused by a fire at a Harlem sewage plant. Then came the musings on whether the two swimmers who died in the city triathlon had fallen victim to contaminated waters (they hadn’t). A few weeks ago, Riverkeeper released a long-term study demonstrating that for one and a half days out of every week, the Hudson is unsafe for swimming. Just days later, torrential downpours flooded the citywide sewer system by two billion gallons—on the heels of a revelation that a sewage pipe in Ossining had been spewing a million and a half gallons a day.
But not according to the owners of permanent year-round slips at the 79th Street Boat Basin. Read More