Watertown, N.Y. –Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement in response to the proposed sewage dump into the St. Lawrence River by the City of Montreal.

“I am very concerned with Montreal’s plan to dump 2 billion gallons of sewage into the St. Lawrence River,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “In the North Country we know the importance of our environment and the importance of protecting our bodies of water. I trust that the Canadian government agrees and will make the right decision to protect the St. Lawrence River by blocking this unwise decision. My office has been communicating with the city of Montreal and will continue to stay in touch with our Canadian counterparts to voice the North Country’s strong opposition to this plan.”

The City of Montreal was planning to divert 2 billion gallons of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River over a week long period as part of an infrastructure project. The dumped sewage would enter the river and flow towards the Atlantic Ocean impacting the natural ecosystem of the St. Lawrence River. Environment Canada, the Canadian government’s department responsible for coordinating and monitoring environmental policies is set to rule on the Montreal Sewage dump in the coming days.