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Report: Catskill Creek unacceptably contaminated

Jun 27, 2013 6:53 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240"] The Old Stone Bridge in Leeds.
(Courtesy Riverkeeper)[/caption]

Kyle Adams reports in The Daily Mail a new report indicates the water quality in the Catskill Creek is seriously compromised. In 44 percent of samples taken during the past two years, the water was found to be unacceptably contaminated, according to officials. Village President Vincent Seeley said, “We’re extremely concerned over the high level of contamination in the water. We take this very seriously because our creek is used for recreation and for some people’s livelihoods.” A water quality advocate for Riverkeeper said the findings were in the middle range. The report was prepared by the Catskill Creek Watershed Awareness Project of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties in cooperation with Riverkeeper. The study showed high levels of a microbe used as an indicator of fecal contamination after heavy rains, and especially at the Old Stone Bridge site in Leeds. During especially heavy rain events, all sites reported unacceptable levels, though none as drastic as the Old Stone Bridge. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
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