WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. The Westchester County Department of Health has revised its Hudson River alert, clearing the river north of Hastings for recreation activities such as swimming, kayaking and windsurfing.
Residents in areas south of Hastings are advised to avoid direct contact with the river until further notice. There are no boat restrictions in place, although officials are urging those who fish to practice catch and release in all areas south of Hastings.
The advisory comes after a New York City treatment plant fire caused sewage to begin leaking into the Hudson River. Officials said the leak was contained on Friday around 9:30 p.m. Riverkeeper, the environmental watchdog organization, announced Monday that the bacteria levels in in the Hudson River in Westchester were safe on the day after the fire.
The area now cleared includes Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. The Village of Irvington and its Recreation and Parks Department sent out emails alerting residents to the advisorys lifting. Irvington has two kayaking points on the Hudson.
Sleepy Hollow has two points of access to the Hudson River: Horans Landing and the Philipse Manor Beach Club. Philipse Manor Beach Club President Burns Patterson said the club would be reopening the beach for swimming on Tuesday as a result of the announcement unless prolonged heavy rains today lead to any additional problems.
Areas north of Ossining were cleared last Friday.
Health officials are continuing to monitor the situation and will update the advisory as necessary.
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