OSSINING, N.Y. (AP) — The weather is prime for swimming in New York, but don’t jump into that water.
Many spots along the Hudson River are unsafe to swim in because of high pollution levels, according to a new report from environmental group Riverkeeper.
The report released Thursday notes that sewage pollution will continue to be a problem without new regulations, enforcement, and investments in infrastructure.
Riverkeeper samples 74 locations between New York Harbor and Waterford monthly from May to October in collaboration with scientists at CUNY Queens College and Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. It tests dozens more locations in Hudson River tributaries in partnership with citizen scientists.
The report notes that 23 percent of Riverkeeper’s samples failed safe-swimming guidelines.
Rainfall makes it three times as likely that an area will have sewage pollution, and certain tributaries are more contaminated than the river, acting as pollution sources.