THE CROTON WATERSHED POLLUTIONS.
Dr. Eugene Porter, the New York state health commissioner, has sent instructions to the presidents of the local boards of health in the villages on the Croton Watershed to “proceed under provisions of the public health laws to abate conditions deleterious to the health of New York city’s inhabitants, even if it were necessary to enter upon premises and do the work of cleansing at the expense of the owners.” The known nuisances in the Croton Watershed number 66. as follows: Mount Kisco. twenty-one; Brewsters, twelve; the town of Bedford, five; Carmel, thirteen; Patterson, one; Southeast Town, three; North Salem, six; Somers, two; Yorktown, three. Unfortunately Dr. Porter is limited in his activities by his lack of funds. He can use the State’s name as a propulsive means to compel obedience to the health laws of the state, and that is all. Equally unfortunately, too, the violators of the law in the watershed ar aware of this. But, since the city has invoked the aid of its law department, there has been a different feeling among those who, through parsimony or what not. have defiantly maintained nuisances threatening the health of this city. Dr. Thomas Darlington, the city’s health commissioner, is having cases prepared for prosecution, the evidence of violations having been obtained by the State inspector and by the commissioner’s representative in the watershed. This is all to pave the way for a means of protecting Manhattan borough from the possibility of an epidemic of typhoid. It is not believed that there will be an epidemic, if the present plans of city and State are carried out: hut the object of the activity of the officials is to reduce the possibility to a minimum pending the installation of some method of purifying the water. Whether this method shall he filtration or the chemical scheme of Comptroler Metz is still to be determined.