Sewage From Mount Vernon Polluting Bronx Waterways, Killing Wildlife

By Kevin Deutsch
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Sewage from badly deteriorated pipes in Mount Vernon are leaking contaminants into Bronx waterways, killing off wildlife despite multiple court orders mandating the city repair its rotting infrastructure, environmental advocates tell NY1.

Sewage water from the pipe system in Westchester County is wending its way into the Hutchinson River, Bronx River, and Eastchester Bay in the Bronx, killing large numbers of fish.

The East River and Long Island Sound are also being impacted, the advocates said.

Mount Vernon has ignored several state and federal court orders to fix its broken system, and a federal judge last month issued a court order requiring it to comply with the federal Clean Water Act, according to the NY1 report.

City officials told the network they have completed six of seven mandatory repairs in recent months.

About Kevin Deutsch 265 Articles
Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.