This is awesome: A group of people opposed to Jets Stadium on the West Side, including a state assemblyman, dug deep into the Jets Stadium proposal's Envirnomental Impact Statement to find that sewage might be dumped into the river with the stadium's development. The NY Times reports, "Deep in its 4,300 pages the statement says that the sewage flow from the West Side to the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant] would climb to 8.6 million gallons a day by the time of the project's expected completion in 2025, from 1.1 million gallons now." Note to everyone: It pays to read those boring, hefty tomes. The article also mentions how EIS says notes there are number of envionmental issues that could be caused by the presence of a stadium, like traffic, noise (nearby buildings would need special insulation - Mayor Bloomberg's noise codes take that!) and not to mention the need for new schools, since there aren't any in the immediate area, so a number of stadium opponents (hello, Cablevision) and environmental groups are now poring through the document carefully. While the City Planning deputy director Sandy Hornick says, "I don't think there's any place in the United States where you could do a development of this magnitude with as few environmental issues as we're facing," there are some phrasesGothamist feels are important to heed: "Sewage backup" and "untreated sewage being pumped into the Hudson."
Read the Hudson Yards Environmental Impact Statement yourself. And Gothamist's coverage of the possible Jets Stadium in Manhattan.