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26. Cleaning Up the Hudson River

Restoring the Hudson's water quality required ending the discharge of sewage wastes into the river. Federal Clean Water Act funding helped support construction and upgrading of New York City's sewage treatment plants, like the North River facility on Manhattan's West Side. The city's immense sewage plants remove huge amounts of organic matter from wastewater entering the Hudson.

Today, striped bass winter each year under piers just downstream of the North River sewage treatment plant, exemplifying the diverse and abundant fish population that now shares the cleaner Hudson River with millions of city dwellers.

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North River sewage treatment plant
North River Sewage Treatment Plant under construction