Saturday, May 5, 2012
State encourages kayaking and fishing in Newtown Creek
From The Brooklyn Paper:
Boating on Newtown Creek is safe, but be careful around the seafood and don’t take a dip, a new state study concluded.
Kayaking in the putrid Greenpoint waterway is not dangerous as long as paddlers avoid drinking or touching the water and do not schedule boat outings after big rainstorms, when raw sewage floods the creek, according to state health and environmental officials analyzed water and sediment samples along the 3.8-mile waterway.
“Because people do not usually submerge their heads in the water during these activities, the presumed volume of incidental water consumption is lower than swimming, and subsequently, the risk of illness can also be assumed to be lower,” the researchers said.
Brooklynites should be wary about eating anything they catch in Newtown Creek because of high bacteria levels, said state scientists, who recommended that women under age 50 and children under age 15 refrain from consuming any fish caught in the waterway. Men over age 15 and women over age 50 should limit their intake of North Brooklyn seafood at one meal of bluefish, carp, and bass per month, and no more than six crabs per week, the study said.
Is it just me, or does this sound totally ridiculous? You may not submerge your head in the water when you kayak, but you are breathing in toxic fumes coming off the water. It's a friggin' Superfund site, for God's sake! And how can they suggest anyone "limit" the amount of Newtown Creek seafood they consume? Keeping anything caught in the Creek should be against the law, period. Prediction: Many lawsuits in about 10 years when kayakers and fishermen are suffering from cancer.