It’s certainly no Superfund site, like the Gowanus Canal. But the Hudson River has its share of pollution, as well, thanks in large part to the problem of the city’s sewage overflow system. Simply put, we’ve got a very old sewage system here, and when there’s a large rainfall, sewage flows into local waterways. A fire at a plant in Manhattan was the cause of a recent overflow.
It’s an expensive problem to fix.
Read more in The New York Times.