Friday, June 29, 2012

Douglas Manor beach tops in pollution


From Douglaston Patch:

The beach at Douglas Manor was ranked first among swimming sites in the five boroughs for health standard violations in a new report by the National Resources Defense Council.

The council's study analyzed data from water tests conducted at more than 3,000 beaches across the nation. In the report, the group rates the beaches based on water quality and public notification.

Douglas Manor's beach had the highest number of violations based on unsafe swimming conditions, according to the report.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Natural Resources Defense Council"

Curious that this organization is involved in this.

Helen Griffin said...

Doulaston Manor still has a number of homes that are not connected to NYC sewer/waste control system. stuff seeps from old septic systems --and well I wouldn't swim there 20 years ago!

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 1:

How so?

Anonymous said...

^^^^
They are an environmental group that usually goes against humans in favor of the environment.
In this case they seem to be on the side of humans (swimmers). While I can see they are trying to get the water cleaned up, I'm surprised they are going about it this way.
Historically, I'd expect them to be trying to get the humans to not be swimming there permanently. (This is based on the trend in enviros to try to remove mans imprint on the environment. More and more of our public spaces - parks and wildlife reserves etc are limiting access to the public).
We'll see if swimming is going on at these beaches in 5 years.
Anon #1

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 1:

When and where have they (or any other environmental group) ever tried to keep people from swimming any place?

Joe said...

Doulaston Manor gets al lot of crap from the constantly faileing sewage treatment plant on the Bronx river. Its only a 1.5 miles to the north.
The new barrage of building and cesspools in Bayside dont help eather

Anonymous said...

The entirety of Douglas Manor is still on septic systems.

The septic tanks are failing and leaching / leaking into Little Neck Bay.

It's a slow-moving environmental disaster that the Manor - who is so worried about keeping their neighborhood preserved architecturally - has been hemming and hawing about for DECADES.

The DEP has been reluctant to move swiftly to fix this because A) the Douglas Manor Association (DMA), like the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation, is litigious; and B) the ownership of the coastline is privately owned by the DMA and the streets are split in ownership between the city and DMA.

It's a real fucking problem and disgusting to boot.

Anonymous said...

^^^
Environmental groups rarely do anything directly. They sue a controlling agency like the EPA and get what they want to happen through that agency. (could happen here).
There a lots of places that have been put off limits to swimmers and divers, particularly around coral reefs.
The relationship between NGOs like the Natural Resources Defense Council and government agencies borders on the incestuous.
Millions of acres out west have been put off limits when an NGO sues the government. Think Spotted Owl.

Anonymous said...

Joe said...
Doulaston Manor gets al lot of crap from the constantly faileing sewage treatment plant on the Bronx river. Its only a 1.5 miles to the north.
The new barrage of building and cesspools in Bayside dont help eather



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Joe - the Bronx River plant is almost 10 miles away, and the Tallman's Island plant in College Point is about 7 miles away. While there is probably some sewage overflow, the real problem are the leaky septic tanks in Douglas Manor.

Anonymous said...

"When and where have they (or any other environmental group) ever tried to keep people from swimming any place?"

Kind of hope you get a chance to read this -

"Town officials in Depoe Bay have announced the cancellation of the annual pre-Independence Day fireworks show on July 3 following pressure from federal wildlife managers who said the noise disrupts sea birds in the area, the Oregonian reports."

Feds can do whatever they want and the NGOs sure them to get what they want.