Hudson River Health Alert Lifted In Time for Ironman Event

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Westchester County officials will lift a Hudson River advisory at 11 p.m.
Westchester County officials will lift a Hudson River advisory at 11 p.m. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

Updated at 4:07 p.m. with comments from John Korff, director of the Ironman competition.

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Westchester County officials are lifting a health advisory for the Hudson River at 11 p.m. Friday after about 3.4 million gallons of chlorinated sewage was discharged into the Hudson River.

“The advisory is being lifted Friday evening, Aug. 10, because the elapsed time since the discharge stopped would have allowed it to dissipate,” the county Health Department said in a statement.

Friday's announcement also means the New York City Ironman competition will not be affected by the sewage discharge. The triathlon includes a 2.4 mile swim in the Hudson River just south of where the leak was located. The swim portion of the triathalon begins at 6:50 a.m., just about eight hours after the county is set to lift its health advisory. 

Ironman Director John Korff said the swimming portion of the race would remain and that officials were excited about the competition.

“We're good,” he said. “We will swim, bike and run.”

Rye Brook doctor Richard Izzo is competing in Saturday's race and says he was not concerned about swimming in the river after the sewage discharge.

“I don't have many reservations,” he said. “I swim in the Hudson all the time. The bottom line is they did a controlled leak. They know what they're doing.”

Crews fixed a broken Tarrytown sewer line that caused officials to divert several million gallons of sewage into the Hudson River. The repair means that the sewage system is working normally and sending everything to a treatment plant in Yonkers.

The sewer line break occurred Wednesday afternoon, causing 500,000 gallons of sewage to be dumped into the Hudson River at Yonkers. Officials diverted about 3 million gallons of sewage to a Sleepy Hollow discharge point after discovering the break. The controlled discharge was chlorinated before entering the river.

County health officials had advised boaters, kayakers and swimmers to stay out of the water. Several beaches on the Hudson River, including the Philipse Manor Beach Club and Croton Point Park, have been closed because of the advisory.

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Access to health care varies across countries, groups and individuals, largely influenced by social and economic conditions as well as the health policies in place. Countries and jurisdictions have different policies and plans in relation to the personal and population based health care goals within their societies. Thanks.

The concept of infinite dilution was the basis of sewage disposal up to the Rockefeller billion dollar bond issue t back in the 1060s (if my memory is right.about the decade.) to treat sewage that was going into the Hudson River. It was spectacularly successful. Sewage was dumped into the river for 200 years prior to the bond issue with little harm.

Whatever the recent controlled leak was, the amount would be trivial with respect to the cubic miles of water that flows down the river every day.

What really annoyed me was the belief that New York City air was unsafe after the 9/11 event. Once the dust settled (a few hours after the towers came down) the air near ground zero was determined by wind patterns that refreshed the air continuously. Every time a manhole cover blows off in New york City, the EPA sets up pollution monitors that find nothing.

You freaking kidding me right????? Are you serious????? I'm sorry but this event needs to be stop asap!!!! I know that the sewage spill and so called clean up they so called did is having a major affect on our water on the Hudson River and also the Saw Mill River..... Today I wake up to look out my window which has the view of the Saw Mill River dead smack in front of it. And all day long I have witness and have pictures and video footage of hundreds of dead fish and eels rolling down it.... I believe it was cause by the chemicals that was and is being pours down the rivers..... Next you will see dead birds all around because I see them eating the dead fish and eels... Someone needs to stop this insanity of the Ironman run/swim immediately before we have human floating down our river too.

If anyone want footage of this to prove to them what I am and was witnessing... Please drop me a email @ jjr112064@yahoo or I will happily forwarded you the footage, though I may have some trouble doing so, so if you like I can send it to you cells.

Citizen freaking out!!!!!

P.S. Stop the madness now!!!! Until we are sure the everything is safe!!!! The sewage is not going to be clean in two days.... It need at least a week or so... Now we have to deal with raw sewage from animal life....