Fair Policy or Unfair Pressure? Legislators Urge Canada to Hold Sewage While States Dump Theirs

By Shane Rogers
For Watermarkblog.org

 Ponte St. Charles Collector, one of the sewer lines that will be emptied to facilitate work on the Riverside flow-regulating interceptor chamber for the southern interceptor sewer in Montreal, Quebec.  Photo: Andrew Edmund via UnderMontreal.com

Ponte St. Charles Collector, one of the sewer lines that will be emptied to facilitate work on the Riverside flow-regulating interceptor chamber for the southern interceptor sewer in Montreal, Quebec. Photo: Andrew Edmund via UnderMontreal.com

Canadian Government puts a hold on Montreal’s temporary plan to discharge sewage into the St. Lawrence while New York and New Jersey continue to dump a 102 billion liter mix of raw sewage and storm water into the Hudson River and New York Harbor annually.

As has been heavily reported in U.S. and Canadian news outlets, the City of Montreal, Canada was again ordered to halt its plan to dump approximately 8 billion liters of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River between October 18-25, 2015. Read more.

Ed. Note: Shane Rogers is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, where he teaches courses on sustainable water resources management and wastewater engineering. ~ JC