When you go to your favorite beach or fishing spot, are you being exposed to raw sewage? In New York State, you can't be sure - often until it's too late. There is no state law that requires public notification after a sewage overflow has contaminated our waterways or communities. With billions of gallons of sewage being discharged into water bodies from the Great Lakes to Long Island Sound every year, this puts New Yorkers' health at risk. Sewage contains bacteria, parasites, and viruses that can have serious short term and long term health impacts, especially on kids.
The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act would give everyone in New York the right to know when and where sewage overflows occur, allowing families to avoid unnecessary exposure to harmful sewage pollution. There is overwhelming bipartisan support for this commonsense legislation - we now need legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly to ensure that this bill is voted on and passed.
Take action today!
Contact Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and urge them to ensure passage of the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act before session ends.
Contact information (phone calls preferred):
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos: (518) 455-3171 | email
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: (518) 455-3791 | email
What to tell Majority Leader Skelos and Speaker Silver:
- Tell the receptionist your name and your city/town of residence.
- I urge you to support passage of the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act (S. 6268 / A.10585) before the end of session.
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More information on CCE's sewage pollution right to know campaign
Thank you for taking action. Together we make a difference!
Your Friends at CCE