3 Million Gallons of Wastewater Spills Into Reynolds Channel

Incident happened Thursday after power outage, according to Nassau DPW.

(file photo)
(file photo)
Three million gallons of wastewater spilled for an hour into Reynolds Channel from the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant on Thursday after a power outage, according to Nassau County's website.

The two-hour outage occurred around 11 p.m. and “caused grease and sludge to float to the effluent” according to a report from the Nassau Department of Public Works.
toolittle May 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Not sure why this continues to be a problem. You would think that in this day and age there would be a back up plan in place for an outage. Lets get with it people !!
spaceylb May 13, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Keep it goin Ed...
Brendan May 13, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Isn't this the place that just got that big award for being awesome?
Tideline May 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Another fine job by Ed Mangano. How long is this problem with the Bay Park plant going to be ignored for ? Has anyone bothered to test the water quality ? The Beach will be open in less than 2 weeks. How many millions of gallons of sewage have went into the ocean from this plant since Sandy ?
Eddie May 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM
If you research this unsourced story, you'd find that it came from a press release from a radical pro-Democrat socialist group. In fairness, the press release did point out that the effluent was treated. The sewerage was screened, settled and chlorinated. For those whose wastewater treatment education comes only from such "sky is falling" press releases, every time it rains, completely untreated sewerage is dumped in the rivers and bays across the country. That's how it's done folks. Now be good little sheep, blame the Republicans and give up more of your rights.
Hamburger May 13, 2013 at 01:04 PM
i heard they were pinko commies in addition to anti-American socialist democrat radicals
Jaime Sumersille May 13, 2013 at 01:10 PM
@Eddie: This information directly from Nassau County's government website (https://apps.nassaucountyny.gov/dpwnews/reports.php?id=34173cb38f07f89ddbebc2ac9128303f) We even linked to it in the story. We also have calls into local environmental groups to get their take on the spill. Jaime Sumersille Regional Editor, Nassau County
mjkujo May 13, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Please don't politicize this issue. Who cares where the story came from? The fact is that 3 million gallons of sewage went into the channel. I've lived on this channel for almost 8 years. Have swam in it, fished in it, boated in it... It is part of our life. And yet this aging Bay Park Sewage Treatment plant has let substantial amounts of sewage into the water ways about four (4) times in the last 8 years.... Once in 2006/7, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, May 2013... That's unacceptable! I don't care what your politics are. I expect the Town of Hempstead to show more care for my health and well-being.
Eddie May 13, 2013 at 01:15 PM
All sewerage goes in the channel. When it rains, it's not treated. When it doesn't rain, it's treated.
Steve N May 13, 2013 at 09:59 PM
mjkujo: The plant is maintained by Nassau County DPW not the Town of Hempstead. Eddie: Our sewage and storm water drainage are completely separate systems. Unlike in New York City, where both systems are combined, The sewage "should" be treated whether its raining or not.
CP May 14, 2013 at 06:32 AM
We should start dumping sewage in these politicians backyards! So gross.
joann May 14, 2013 at 08:32 AM
Board of Health recorded message 5/13/13 on their hotline "There are no known sewage spills at this time" Thanks for keeping us informed
Lloyd May 14, 2013 at 08:39 AM
It's no wonder that my tap water smells like cat urine.
Chuck Sullivan May 14, 2013 at 09:10 AM
It has been going on for years. Talk to the old timers. Not just here but in the Rockaways. Virtually no blueclaw crabs. You can't ses your feet when knee deep in the ocean. No killies by the jetties. Far more seaweed chocking the channel and the beaches. But don't worry, just refuse to notice.
Earthling May 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Its just like our taxed-dollars - dumped like sewage- but instead of going into the ocean, it goes into some well placed pockets.
Kat May 14, 2013 at 02:33 PM
he was supposed to be there today for a meeting ...poor jerks fishing and eating it
Patrick Smith May 16, 2013 at 06:39 AM
Not looking forward to swim in bay this summer, might meet the kids that were dropped off at the pool lol
oceanview May 17, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Ed crapped in my water. Keep it goin Ed.


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