- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State conservation officials report an agreement with Newburgh to improve Hudson River water quality by stemming overflows of untreated sewage during heavy rains.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the city will invest about $39 million over 15 years to improve its sewer system that carries both untreated sewage and storm water. That water discharges through overflow outlets when it reaches capacity before reaching the treatment plant.

Newburgh officials say the agreement involves several infrastructure projects.

Riverkeeper, which monitors Hudson water quality, says the agreement should result in reducing almost 100 million gallons of pollution into the Hudson annually, more than half of Newburgh’s combined overflow.

State officials say Newburgh will be able to capture more than 85 percent of the volume and treat it for bacteria and floatable waste.

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