Yes, raw sewage really is released into the Spree on a regular basis. A short tour on Berlin’s water pollution and the climate crisis with Richard Karty (FES PhD 06)

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022
18:30 - 21:00

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Did you know that when you flush your toilet in Berlin, the waste flows untreated into the Spree or another waterway on average one day per week, if you live in the S-Bahn ring? The Landwehrkanal alone receives enough raw sewage annually to fill its entire length twice over.

Please join Yale Club Germany on June 7, 6:30 for a brief tour led by Richard Karty (YSE, the school formerly known as FES, PhD 06) of a new kind of facility that could reduce the sewage overflows – with a side benefit of responding to the city’s insatiable demand for space for recreation and cafes – and for an overview of Berlin’s truly one-of-a-kind (and not in a good way) water system. The engineer who designed the structure will be present.

We’ll meet at the installation which is on the Spree waterfront (nearest U-Bahn Warschauer Strasse) and after the talk/discussion move to a nearby cafe.

We need an accurate head count for the cafe reservation so please RSVP to by June 3 and we’ll reply with the meeting point.

Read more about Richard’s work at