The long anticipated Flushing Creek Combined Sewer Overflow project, which will protect the Flushing River from being swamped by sewage, is expected to be fully operational by year’s end.
Flushing Creek CSO Project To Be Ready By End Of Year
The CSO is designed to hold overflows of storm water and sewage during rain events which would previously pour into Flushing River, Flushing Bay/Creek and the East River. “It’s part storage, part settlement tank,” said Bob LoPinto, chairman of Community Board 7’s Environmental Committee. “It’s not one big tank, it’s many, so as each one overflows, the solid waste remains in the tank instead of being tipped into the river and bay.”
City Councilman John Liu is eager for the facility to reach capacity. “This project will regain Flushing’s potential as a waterfront community as opposed to a sewer-front community,” he said.
Liu has kayaked in the river, but wants it to get to the point where on a hot summer day people can take a dip and actually swim. “This waterfront should be a huge asset for the community,” he said.