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Local residents say Flushing Bay stinks. [DNAinfo]
The polluted waterway is filled with sludge – a thick, black, smelly sediment that has accumulated, from years of untreated sewage, storm water and other contaminants discharging from CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) pipes.
City officials announced the DEP will begin dredging the noxious sediment from the bottom of Flushing Bay in 2016. The $47 million, 3-year project will dredge about 16.8 acres of Flushing Bay.
DNAinfo: Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, who lead the testimony as the Council’s finance chair, told DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd, the smells are compared to rotten eggs and has plagued her district for years.
The project, scheduled to be completed in 2019, will remove most of the gunk at the bottom and make a “significant” difference, Lloyd said. “When we clean this up it should last for a very long time,” she said.
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by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee
There was a lot of activity on the KVK this morning including a couple of new tug sightings.
Sunday, September 6th is the 23rd Annual Great North River Tugboat Race & Competition, hope to see you there!