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Water Quality Advisories
New York City
NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) map shows waterbodies in red when there is a CSO advisory.
Newtown Creek Alliance’s alert system sends a text after a rainfall intense enough to possibly trigger a CSO overflow.
NYC DEP’s pilot program in East Williamsburg sends a text alert before and during intense rain storms.
New York State
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) alert system sends texts or emails when there are reported sewage spills or CSOs in New York State. Historical reports are also available.
Interactive map with real-time updates on which municipalities may be experiencing a CSO event based on computer simulations. Visualization may be filtered by municipality or waterbody.
Real-time reports from CSO outfalls on NJ's Hudson River shoreline based on sewer sensors from Hoboken to Guttenberg.
Water Quality Monitoring
Weekly water sampling conducted by the DEP during the recreational season (June - September), and monthly sampling off season (October - May).
Seasonal water quality testing collected by a coalition of citizen scientists for the NY Harbor. Updated regularly.
Seasonal water quality testing for the Hudson River available in interactive maps, tables and charts. Updated regularly.
Seasonal water quality testing for Long Island Sound available in an interactive map at the end of the sampling period.
The NYC Waterfront Revitalization Program (WRP) establishes the City’s policies for waterfront planning, preservation, and development projects to ensure long term consistency.
In September 2010, New York City released the NYC Green Infrastructure Plan which presents an alternative approach to improving water quality that integrates “green infrastructure,” such as rain gardens and green roofs, with investments to optimize the existing system and to build targeted, cost-effective “grey” or traditional infrastructure. DEP produces annual progress reports.
Following in the footsteps of "PlaNYC," "One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC)" is a groundbreaking effort to address NYC's long-term challenges: the forecast of 9 million residents by 2040, changing climate conditions, an evolving economy, and aging infrastructure. Annual progress reports are released in April.