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.
The dolphin was pulled near Glover Field in Pelham on Friday afternoon. The cause of death is unknown and pending results of a necropsy. The Hutchinson River flows into the Long Island Sound, where the dolphin likely came from.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas said the dead dolphin's discovery "serves as a somber reminder of the dangerous effects pollution can have on sea life.
"While the exact cause of the dolphin’s death has yet to be determined, the Hutchinson River plays a unique role in the New York metropolitan area’s ecosystem and deserves to be treated with respect and care."
Since his time on the city council, Thomas has been advocating 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.
"Homeowners should not have to worry about their basements being flooded and aquatic life should be able to swim in clean waters," Thomas said.