The Mount Vernon Daily Voice reported Sunday on “the discovery of a dead dolphin in the Hutchinson River near the Mount Vernon/Pelham border is bringing attention to the Mount Vernon sewer system.”
A dead dolphin was seen in the Hutchinson River near Glover Field in Pelham, March 24, 2017. (Photo: Lohud.com)
According to the Journal News, the dolphin was pulled near Glover Field in Pelham on Friday afternoon. The state Department of Environment Conservation was called to the scene.
The cause of death is unknown and pending results of a necropsy. The exact species of dolphin is not yet known. The dolphin’s body was removed by winch because a common dolphin can weigh up to 300 lbs.
The dolphin’s death has raised questions about water pollution. The federal Environmental Protection Agency ordered Mount Vernon to stop raw sewage leaks from contaminating the river in 2003.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas told the Daily Voice that the dead dolphin’s discovery “serves as a somber reminder of the dangerous effects pollution can have on sea life.
Before becoming mayor last year, Thomas was the leading advocate in the City Council urging that Mount Vernon repair and replace its aging sewer system.
Earlier this month, the Office of the U.S. Attorney General notified the City of Mount Vernon of its intention to obtain a court order to force the Mount Vernon City Council and Comptroller Maureen Walker to comply with the environmental clean-up of the Hutchinson and Bronx Rivers, reported the Daily Voice.
The Hutchinson River flows into the Long Island Sound, where the dolphin likely came from said marine mammal experts.