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Published on August 1st, 2017 | by Ken Cosentino


Niagara Water Protectors respond to Black Water incident

The Niagara Water Protectors are a group of fifty plus dedicated naturalists who aim to protect the Earth.

Water is Life. Mni Wiconi.

On Saturday, July 29, inky black water accompanied by a foul smelling odor, was observed by countless witnesses in the lower Niagara river. Businesses such as the Maid of the Mist have complained about the black water because of it’s negative effect on the local tourism industry. The DEC is currently investigating the matter and there have been multiple reports of a stench so foul that some individuals actually began vomiting. While the Niagara Water Protectors, do not wish to speculate on the matters as to exactly what has caused the stench and the inky texture of the water, we do feel it appropriate that we address this issue immediately.

The Water Board has stated publicly that the black water was the result of routine maintenance, which is usually done at night time, and that it was done within legal limitations and in a specific zone where such pollution is “acceptable.” The reality of the situation is that every Niagarian living in the city of Niagara Falls, New York is all too familiar with the rotten egg smell. On hot days in the city, there are hundreds of locals who live near the industrial plants that produce said waste, who live with this disgusting odor day in and day out.

Many residents with small children are forced to deal with this foul smelling stench filling the lungs of their youngsters while they play on the lawn in front of their homes. The smell and the waste itself supposedly meets the standard of substances being released into the environment, and as such, it is clearly not a concern to our government, who measure matters such as this with scientific data in support of polluting the natural world. The Niagara Water Protectors believe that there is no amount of pollution that is acceptable when we as a civilized species are consciously aware that our actions are harming the environment.

As Water Protectors, we are here to protect the Mighty Niagara, a river made famous by it’s beauty and fury;  a name that is world renown  and a natural wonder of the world. The key word here is “natural.” The Niagara river is responsible for powering a large portion of the East coast. As a part of the Great Lakes system, the Niagara river is one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world. More than 99 percent of the water on the entire planet is unusable by humans, and many other living beings (according to National Geographic). In a time of climate change awareness, where we as a species are nearing a critical point in regards to our own survival, it is absolutely pinnacle to the preservation of our civilized society to protect our sources of clean water.

The Water Board has said that the emptying of this inky, foul-smelling sewage into a fresh water source is nothing to worry about because it is “routine.” We say that just because it is a bad habit does not make it OK. More thought must be put into preserving our natural environment. The millions of visitors to the city of Niagara Falls yearly have now seen behind the veil of illusion that is presented to them by the powers that be and they have now seen what the locals have known for generations. The disgust and disdain shown in the media revolving around this matter has been felt in the hearts of Niagarians for decades, and the Niagara Water Protectors are among those who feel that the pollution of the Mighty Niagara is absolutely unacceptable and irresponsible.

Coverage was picked up by local news before going national with the Washington Post and then international with the BBC reporting on the Niagara Black Water incident.

Here it is on CBC.

Watch the videos… look at what happened and understand that this was just routine, it happens all the time it’s just usually at night while people are sleeping. Out of sight, out of mind.


Here reporting this live from Niagara Falls, NY. The Niagarian Ken Cosentino writing exclusively for The Hype Magazine. Speaking with other Niagara Water Protectors, we agree with the above statement.



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Ken Cosentino is an artist from Niagara Falls, NY. He is an award winning filmmaker, CEO of White Lion Studios, LLC and a published author.

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