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While walking my dog Sunday morning (12/12), I noticed the sewage discharges in Madame Brett park were overflowing with raw sewage -- lots and lots of it gushing out, right next to the hiking trail. It seems really unsafe, not to mention disgusting. Is this a normal occurrence in the rain?

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Comment by Justin Riccobono on December 13, 2010 at 2:12pm

The City of Beacon is currently reviewing that particular issue and are conducting a study to fix the sewage system along the fishkill creek.  The Attorney General has fined Beacon for this violation repeatedly and hopefully some of the new developments alongside the creek will help fund the upgrade that is drastically needed.

Comment by Ben Royce on December 13, 2010 at 9:38am

I know the spot you are talking about. I saw lots of frozen toilet paper there Wednesday last week when things were frigid (and soon to be frigid again).

 

Comment by XXX on December 13, 2010 at 8:30am

Thanks for your responses -- though I wish the news was better! Too bad the storm sewers aren't separated from the sewers that transport human sewage. Maybe next century...

Comment by Tom Church on December 13, 2010 at 7:23am

Yes it is normal.  With heavy rains the system becomes overloaded, expecially down that line, and the sewage must discharge.  The infrastructure of pipes and the treatment plant are not big enough to handle the load, especially since we get and process much of the sewage from Fishkill.  To fix this issue will be many many millions of dollars (probably hundreds) in new piping upgrades and upgrades to the treatment plant.  With our city taxes already going up 18% this year...it's unfortunatly going to be a while before anything is fixed...

Currently the Dutchess County Health Department is VERY selective of any developments that will impact that line, if they approve them at all (keep in mind that they do not review all developments...only ones requiring subdivision or major projects). 

Comment by Henry on December 13, 2010 at 5:36am

Yes. Believe it or not. This is a normal occurence there in the rain.

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