Friday, April 6, 2012
A really crappy idea
From The Brooklyn Paper:
The city wants to blow bubbles into Newtown Creek in an effort to clean the polluted waterway, but activists fear the plan will dispense foul sewage fumes into the air.
Department of Environmental Protection officials are trying to install a new $115-million aeration system that will pump oxygen into the Greenpoint sludgeway so the creek can meet state and federal water quality standards.
But neighbors and environmental advocates say the plan is only a band-aid solution designed to please bureaucratic bean counters rather than solve Newtown Creek’s problems, which include an antiquated sewer system that floods the canal with raw sewage during heavy rains and 150 years of chemical seepage so severe the viaduct needs a federal cleanup.
Worse, they fear noxious bubbles could become a public health risk if they churn organic waste to the surface.