Friday, February 24, 2012
City rewards Douglaston while crapping on College Point
From the Times Ledger:
The city will be digging up streets in College Point as part of a long-term plan to upgrade the area’s sewer system and prevent pollution from flowing into Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek. To make the construction more palatable, the city has offered to help restore coastal wetlands and put in a kayak launch, according to a plan from the city Department of Environmental Protection.
But a study from the department indicated those wetlands will be in Udalls Cove in Douglaston instead of the coastal areas of College Point, which flabbergasted James Cervino, a scientist and wetlands expert who is also the environmental adviser and a member of Community Board 7.
“I couldn’t believe that,” Cervino said during a presentation to the board’s Environmental Committee. “We need it more.”
The report listed several reasons why the city deemed the College Point coastline unworthy of money. Some parts are under the Whitestone Bridge and the water’s edge is populated with manufacturing buildings, difficult to access and not owned by the city, the report said.
“Therefore, the potential for great ecological benefits can be enhanced by a more robust cumulative wetland restoration that is proposed for a nearby site at Udalls Cove,” DEP said in a report.