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Health Officials Lift Pollution Advisory For Hudson River

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- New York City health officials say it's safe to go back into the water following last week's discharge of raw sewage into the Hudson River.

Officials on Thursday announced that all water recreational activities, including kayaking, swimming and water skiing, can resume on the Hudson River and surrounding waters.

They issued the advisory last week after an explosion and fire at a water treatment plant caused raw sewage to spew into the Hudson, contaminating the water.

Officials also lifted a pollution advisory for Sea Gate beach in Brooklyn as well as beach closure notices for Staten Island's South Beach, Midland Beach and Cedar Grove Beach. You can also eat the fish you catch provided that you follow New York State guidelines.

Officials say water quality sampling indicates bacteria levels have returned to acceptable levels.

A wastewater treatment plant in Harlem was taken offline last week following a fire that caused raw sewage to spew into the river.

Will you use the Hudson River now that the advisory is lifted? Sound off in our comments section below…

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