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Sewage Leaks Cleaned Up In Mamaroneck Harbor and Long Island Sound

An environmental investigation discovered and repaired many sewage leaks that were polluting Mamaroneck Harbor.
An environmental investigation discovered and repaired many sewage leaks that were polluting Mamaroneck Harbor. Photo Credit: Pete Paguaga

MAMARONECK, N.Y.-- A joint investigation between The Village of Mamaroneck and Save the Sound uncovered several sewage leaks and discharges that have been repaired around the Village of Mamaroneck.

The repairs of these sewage leaks will lower bacteria levels in Mamaroneck Harbor and in turn will benefit Long Island Sound/.

“The quality of life that will be our legacy to the future generations is a paramount responsibility of all caring citizens,” Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum said in a statement. “Our Village, being a ‘Sound Shore’ community, is particularly sensitive to the environmental effects of flooding and pollution."

Some of the corrective actions that were taken as a result of the investigation include:

  • Connecting a home to the existing swear lines. The single family residence was discovered to be discharging raw sewage into storm drains.
  • An illicit discharge was discovered at a stream crossing by Harmon Avenue. The leak was sewage into the Sheldrake River, but was fully repaired.
  • Investigations behind a retail food store, near its garbage containers, discovered grease and fecal coliform bacteria leaking from a garbage container. The Building Department has been coordinating corrective action with the business to effect immediate and long-term corrective measures to prevent future occurrences.

The results of these coordinated efforts are lower bacteria levels that have been provided to the Village by the Westchester County Health Department.

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