Sunday, March 22, 2009

DEP does nothing about sewage problem for a year

From Staten Island Advance:

City workers today finally fixed a clogged sewer that was spewing feces and other human waste into the Arthur Kill -- nearly a year after a Staten Island fisherman first reported the problem.

...Robert Skonieczny, who has a boat at the adjacent Tottenville marina, said he first complained to the city nearly a year ago, after he noticed water around the marina turning muddy and smelly. He eventually traced the problem to a nearby storm drain where he found feces and other waste leaking into a marsh that feeds the bay.

Skonieczny said he called 311 to complain, got a tracking number and a call back from someone who told him an investigator would be dispatched to the area.

He never heard anything after that and things "just got progressively worse," Skonieczny recalled.

Water and waste, including what appeared to be feces, feminine hygiene products and toilet paper, continued to pour out of the pipe, fouling up the surrounding water where people fish, boat and ski in the summer months.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

After all, what's a little Cholera or Typhoid among friends?

Anonymous said...

I can't top that for dangerous and disgusting....but speaking about DEP...

what's with the water that flows onto the Grand Central Parkway at the Union Turnpike Railyards?

It has been flowing from a fire hydrant for years...

Can't fix the plumbing there either, we guess.

Anonymous said...

Actually, that leak isn't from a fire hydrant - it's the onld creek/river trying to come back to the surface. The land fill has compacted/sunk, and the water table is up. Gee, build on a spring, wonder why things get wet

panzer65 said...

Pipe it over to Bloomie's.

Anonymous said...

Now if he was a developer, things would get okayed in rapid fashion.

Now if he had a tweeder program things would get okayed in rapid fashion.

Notice a pattern here? Government is not run for you, but the 'boys.'