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Brooklyn Sewage Bike Tour Saturday May 10

NYC H2OJoin sewage enthusiasts Matt Malina and Adam Schwartz on a tour of the sewage plants of Southern Brooklyn. Before the 1880’s, Brooklyn’s sewage was piped into the bay and ocean untreated. During Brooklyn’s fast growth after the Civil War, science led to a clearer understanding of the adverse health effects of untreated sewage. As Coney Island was becoming a popular beach destination, the first sewage ‘purification’ plant was built there in 1885 to protect bathers. Other plants followed in the 20th century, leading to current system of 14 Water Pollution Control Plants we have today.

On the tour we will;

  • Bike to 3 sewage plants, 1 storm water retention facility and 1 CSO outflow point
  • Explain the sewage treatment process and what is a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)
  • Explain the ad hoc way in which the sewage system initially developed

Tickets and more information can be found by clicking here.

Saturday May 10 at 11 a.m.
East New York

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3 Responses

  1. marianrita says:

    Your tour leaders make the same mistakes that Big Enviros did back in the late 80’s when most of the sewage processing in the city were conceived. That was when decisions were made by the city, with the participation of these major Downtown environmental organizations, to prioritize the health of the water over the


    • marianrita says:

      [Oops. Didn’t finish above comment.] to prioritize the health of the water over the health of the low income, people of color communities where it was decided to concentrate these facilities, mostly run by DEP. I wonder how much time the tour leader have spent nearby, breathing in the air emitted by these plants 24/7. I would be happy to share the many years of struggle by the people of Hunt’s Point, the Bronx, to deal with this overwhelming environmental health burden including asthma, infections, headaches, nausea, etc. Of course, we should not be sending discharging loads full of nitrogen and other contaminants into our waterways, but their are many other ways to deal with sewage that are more natural and less toxic. It shocks me that you would try to deal with this issue outside the context of environmental justice.


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