Pat Shingleton: "Sandy's Stinky Situation"
Many in the northeast were stunned, one year ago, with the impact of Hurricane Sandy. According to a report from the nonprofit research group, Climate Central, Sandy's storm surge disgorged wastewater treatment plants. The New York Times reports that 10 billion gallons of untreated and partly treated sewage filled waterways and infiltrated streets and homes. In addition to the financial toll of $1.1 billion, the environmental impact is yet to be determined. The sewage invasion exposed the shortcomings of the area's wastewater infrastructure with suggested overhauls in the future. A large component of this plan includes ideas incubated in New Orleans; raising water pumps and electrical equipment and installing watertight doors and windows.