Probe Underway Into Niagara Falls Sewer Discharge

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Investigations are underway into the inky, stinky, black discharge of sewage near the base of the world famous Niagara Falls over the weekend.

What looked to some like a massive oil spill occurred on Saturday afternoon, during one of the busiest weekends for tourism—the life blood of the Falls’ economy.

By Sunday the sewer discharge and the discoloration of the water in the lower Niagara River had dissipated.

In a statement issued Monday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that it had “responded to complaints of discolored water and odors near Niagara Falls State Park, and is continuing to investigate a discharge from the City of Niagara Falls wastewater treatment plant into the Niagara River. The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be provided as it is available.”

Also on Monday, Dan O’Callaghan, installed as Chairman of the Niagara Falls Water Board in January, told WGRZ-TV there will be a full investigation of the matter, and expressed confidence the DEC will find that his agency did not violate any terms of its discharge permits.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster –who appoints some of the members of the Niagara Falls Water Board, is away on vacation. However, a city spokesperson said the administration is “disappointed” with the timing of the release and the lack of any heads up to city officials that it was about to occur.

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