Brooklyn district attorney, environmental groups crack down on waterway polluters

The Brooklyn district attorney and several environmental groups are teaming up to crack down on companies illegally dumping in the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek.

Last year, the district attorney?s office went on a tour of Brooklyn?s waterways with the environmental group, Riverkeeper. Evidence gathered by Riverkeeper is now being used by the district attorney.

So far, the owner of a 130-foot boat has been charged with 101 counts of obstructing waterfront property for letting it sink in the Erie Basin. The owner of a concrete company was also indicted for polluting the waters of Newtown Creek.

Businesses that pollute the waters face up to $50,000 a day and can get sentenced up to a year in jail.

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