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For New York's Most Polluted Waterways, a Seat of Honor in a Hall of Shame

Oct 15, 2016 - The New York Times

''The hardware is here,'' Rob Buchanan said, wheeling in the trophies on Thursday night for an unusual award ceremony.

He was pulling a little wagon bearing a toilet seat painted gold and a toilet plunger painted silver.

''Let's get this over with, so we can go back to drinking beer,'' he said, officially kicking off the 2016 Golden Toilet Awards.

Mr. Buchanan coordinates a volunteer water-testing program for the New York City Water Trail Association, an advocacy group, an...